Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Enhancing your appearance with breast reduction surgery Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems. In addition to self image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Is it right for me? Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Breast reduction is a good option for you if: You are physically healthy You have realistic expectations You don’t smoke You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large Your breasts limit your physical activity You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
The excessive weight of overly large breasts can be a burden, causing back & neck pain, shoulder pain, headache, skin irritation, bra strap indentations, poor posture and interference with normal daily activities such as exercise. But many women with large, heavy breast experience more than just physical discomfort, they experience emotional pain as well. Breast reduction is a reconstructive procedure that makes the breast smaller, lighter and more proportionate to the body. The surgery removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breast, it can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. This can alleviate the health problems associated with large breast and improve a woman’s confidence in her appearance. Making the breast smaller also allows women to pursue activities they never could before.
Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery
Women who have breasts that are too large for their frame are excellent candidates for a breast reduction surgery, as they are likely to experience discomforts caused by the weight of their breast reduction may be safely performed on adult women of all age.
Surgery & Recovery
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure. It is done under general anesthesia and typically takes 2-3 hours.
During the breast reduction procedure, an anchor –shaped incision is made around to areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) and extends down the natural curve of the breast to the crease beneath the breast. Excess fat tissue and skin are removed and the remaining skin is tightened to from a newly shaped breast and the nipple-areola complex is repositioned higher. Patients will need to limit strenuous upper body activity and wear a sports bra for several weeks after surgery.
The patients may experience swelling, bruising and minor discomfort but this side effects will lessen as you heal. If you feel uncomfortable because of the size of your breasts, schedule a consultation whit Dr. Ghorabi so that you can learn more details specific to your own individual situation.