Summary: One celebrity who has been making waves lately has been none other than Ariel Winter, Modern Family star, who recently got a breast reduction procedure.

Starting to Talk About Breast Reduction in 2016

Breast augmentation has always been a popular plastic surgery procedure, and it’s not difficult to find articles commenting on this rumor or that report regarding a celebrity who opted for larger breasts. However, thanks in large part to Modern Family star Ariel Winter, the breast procedure that people are talking about this year is actually the breast reduction. In fact, the breast reduction in 2016 is the topic of conversation. In one way, it’s a shame that someone as young as Winter has the bear the brunt of being the “face” of this procedure, but she’s taking it on in grand fashion, having just penned an essay on the topic.

Reasons for Getting Breast Reduction Surgery

Winter’s experiences are not terribly different from the typical breast reduction patient, though she may be a bit younger than the average. Most breast reduction patients seek out this procedure because, well, their breasts are too large. Sometimes this occurs naturally due to development and genetics (as in Winter’s case), while sometimes this occurs due to changes in the body over the years (thanks in part to gravity and, often, raising children). Large breasts can cause a wide range of issues. In Winter’s case, they drew a disproportionate amount of attention, especially for someone so young.

However, in other cases, there are physical issues that arise due to breasts that are too large for their frame. Some of those issues might include:

  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Joint pain around the back and neck
  • Changes in posture over time
  • Chronic headaches due to strain on the neck and back

Each woman will, of course, encounter different symptoms and have unique experiences. Additionally, each woman will likely want her breasts reduced to a different degree. In most cases, plastic surgeons will work with you to find a size that is right for your frame.

What Happens During a Breast Reduction?

As breasts increase in size, much of that increase is due to excess tissue. In some cases, it’s due to excess fat. In either case, most breast reduction procedures are done in a hospital setting, under general or local anesthesia depending on what you and your surgeon decide is best. Once the procedure begins, surgeons will eliminate that excess tissue that is causing the overly large breast size. In many cases, this simply involves removing excess skin. During some breast reduction procedures, especially on older patients, surgeons may also recommend a breast lift procedure in order to return the breast to a more youthful, perkier appearance.

Depending on the scope of the work, most patients will return home the same day as their procedure. In some cases, an overnight stay may be required. Recovery will take a few weeks and it may take a few months for swelling to completely subside. However, most patients are able to return to most normal activities two to three weeks after the procedure. This means that breast reduction results in a relatively short recovery period, so patients are able to return to their lives quite quickly. In other words, it’s a relatively minor interruption.

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

It may sound crass, but Winter mentions that one of the benefits of her procedure is that people look at her face more. She doesn’t feel quite as over-sexualized as she used to—which is definitely a good change for someone so young! But there are other benefits to breast reduction surgery. Some of those benefits include:

  • Improved posture
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Clothes may fit better
  • The body will be more proportional
  • Most patients feel better—fewer headaches and less neck and back pain

There are also cosmetic benefits—usually reflected in the improved self-esteem and confidence mentioned above. According to the website of the Houston breast reduction experts at South Shore Plastic Surgery, this procedure has one of the highest satisfaction rates of any plastic surgery procedures. And it’s not difficult to figure out why. In fact, it might be that one of the reasons we weren’t talking about breast reduction in 2016 until Ariel Winter came along was because of some pre-conceived notions of how breasts should be and look.

Either way, there’s no denying that breast reduction is an excellent option for a large number of women out there. If you feel like your breasts are too large for your body (or even just for your preference), be sure to contact your local plastic surgeon today.

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