Procedure of the Month: Breast Reduction
Posted July 21, 2017
Breast reduction surgery is a common outpatient procedure in which the surgeon removes excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breast. This not only balances the patient’s body proportions, but it can also correct multiple problems associated with larger breasts. You may be considered a good candidate for a breast reduction if you answered yes to any of the following questions.
Do My Breasts Restrict Activity?
If your breast size keeps you from exercising, performing tasks at work, participating in sports, or playing with your children, it may be time to think about a reduction. Large breasts may cause pain or discomfort when exercising or being active. Is it difficult to fasten your seat belt in the car? Do you shy away from hugging people? Is jumping up and down something to avoid? Common activities in everyday life may increase anxiety and stress if you have to look for ways to avoid them.
Do My Breasts Cause Major Physical Discomfort?
Large breasts can cause chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. Headaches may also result due to tension along the upper shoulders caused by deep bra strap grooving. The skin located beneath the breasts may become red, irritated and develop rashes from the constant chafing. Unbalanced weight dispersion can cause poor posture that may result in further issues due to your body alignment.
Am I Self-Conscious About the Size of My Breasts?
Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples that point downward or breasts large in proportion to your body frame may cause some insecurities. Avoiding mirrors or trying to hide your breast size with undergarments can be exhausting. If the size of your breasts affects you in an intimate setting then it may be time to consider a reduction.
Shopping for bathing suits, bras, and blouses may be difficult depending on the size of your breasts. Rather than finding clothes you love, you may find yourself looking for anything that hides your chest. Clothing may not fit correctly or you may find yourself wearing larger sizes to accommodate your larger breasts.
If considering a breast reduction, a treatment plan is developed by discussing your individual needs and concerns. The goal is to improve the size, shape and position in proportion to your overall body shape. A board certified plastic surgeon will take into consideration your body type, size, chest circumference, desired breast shape and nipple location. They will partner with you to restore balance to your body as well as your life.