The goal of breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is to reduce the size of your breasts and reshape them so that they are proportionate to the rest of your body and are no longer a source of physical discomfort. This commonly requested, predictable procedure has the dual benefits of improving your appearance while relieving the physical and emotional burden of overly large breasts.
- If your breasts are too large for your body frame and create back shoulder, or neck pain.
- If you have heavy breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward.
- If one breast is much larger than the other.
- If you are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts.
- Your breasts will be in better proportion with your body and will feel firmer.
- Surgery will alleviate neck, back, and shoulder pain and make it easier to breathe and exercise.
- Your clothes will fit better, and you will feel more confident about your appearance.
You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if:
- You are physically healthy.
- You have realistic expectations.
- You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large.
- You have breasts that limit your physical activity.
- You experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts.
- You have shoulder indentations from bra straps.
- You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease.
- You are a non-smoker.
When your breast reduction procedure is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these breast reduction complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Your better-proportioned figure will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors, and gravity.