Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size of very large breasts. This cosmetic surgical procedure can also alleviate back pain and other health-related issues relating to large breasts.
Breast Reduction Can Alleviate Back Pain by Reducing Overall Breast Size
You hear a lot more about celebrities and friends getting or considering breast augmentation surgery to increase the size of their breasts than the reverse. However, if your breasts are so large that you feel restricted or embarrassed, or if they cause you back pain and other issues, breast reduction surgery might be the best choice for you and your body.
Women generally pursue breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, due to breasts that either became very large at puberty or following pregnancy and breastfeeding. In addition, some men also have this surgery to reduce larger male breasts or to balance out uneven breasts. Breast reduction surgery can create a more balanced silhouette and reduce problems you may have had in relation to exercise, clothing and physical pain. In addition, liposuction is often performed along with this surgery to remove surrounding fatty tissue.
The procedure itself usually takes two to four hours and is performed under general anesthesia in most cases. Your cosmetic surgeon will draw surgical markings on your breasts while you are sitting up as a guide for making a few small incisions during the surgery; she or he will create flaps on both sides of the breasts and then remove excess skin, fat and tissue around the breasts, often moving the nipples to a higher position as well. The breasts should look smaller and tighter. Then the flats are folded around the breasts again and sutured.
Following a breast reduction procedure, patients will usually be a little swollen, sore and bruised for several days; pain can be managed through both ice, rest and pain medication. Women and men who have this surgery need to take it easy for a few days, but can generally return to work or school in a few days; the stitches will be removed in a couple weeks.
If you are thinking about a breast reduction or any other cosmetic surgical procedure, you should schedule a free consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a wealth of experience performing breast reduction procedures. During this session, you can ask any questions you have about costs, risks, benefits and recovery time as well as the cosmetic surgeon’s background and training. You can also take a look at some before-and-after photos from previous clients.
Breast reduction surgery can reduce large or uneven breasts and give you more confidence in your curves, greater freedom in your movements and an easier time in the dressing room and the gym. This surgery is appropriate for most ages as long as patients have realistic expectations about the procedure, and it has maintained its popularity over time.