Overly large breasts can be a burden on your body and your lifestyle. Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, reduces breast size by removing breast tissue so that the breasts are firmer, smaller, and more aesthetically pleasing. Women who undergo breast reduction report high satisfaction rates and dramatically increased quality of life. From experiencing less chronic pain to feeling more confident in your body shape to having an easier time finding clothing that fits, breast reduction can positively influence everything about you.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Alleviates health issues such as chronic pain and skin abrasions
- Improves body proportions
- Reduces unwanted attention
- Improves ability to exercise
- Improves ability to find clothing that fits
Breast Reduction Surgery
A Natural Look
Overly large breasts may create an unnatural-looking body shape. Your body may be disproportionate, and you may even receive comments that your breasts look “fake.” Breast reduction can achieve a more natural look by creating better body proportions and a more subtle bust line.
Smaller, More Defined Breasts
As a double chin can detract from the definition of the jawline, large breasts can detract from the definition of your bust and torso. Smaller, more defined breasts help create clearer lines and define your body shape for a more attractive silhouette.
Women with disproportionately large breasts may feel self-conscious and may be the victim of ridicule or unwanted attention. This can negatively affect self-confidence and lead to poor self-image. Breast reduction improves breast size to create a more attractive and proportionate body shape, which often helps to improve confidence and body image.
Higher Quality of Life
Large breasts can be incredibly inconvenient. It may be difficult to find clothing that fits for an affordable price. Chronic pain and skin rashes may be common, and exercise may be particularly painful. Breast reduction can eliminate the inconveniences associated with overly large breasts so that these issues are no longer a concern and your quality of life can be higher.
Frequently Asked Questions
[ Click on questions to view answers. ]
Women who would like to improve their quality of life by reducing the size of their breasts may be good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Candidates may feel self-conscious about their large breasts, experience chronic pain from the weight of the breasts, have skin irritation and shoulder grooves, have breast sagging or enlarged areolas, and/or be limited in their physical activities. All candidates should also be healthy and have realistic expectations.
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety.
Your plastic surgeon will begin your procedure by making an anchor incision that encircles the areola, goes down to the breast crease, and continues along the breast crease. The surgeon will remove a certain amount of breast tissue and lift and reshape the remaining tissue. If necessary, the nipple-areolar complex will be removed and transplanted to a more aesthetically pleasing position. The procedure lasts between three and five hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common after a breast reduction. These discomforts can be managed with oral medications and will subside over the following weeks.
Most patients can return to normal activities within one week after surgery. Depending on your healing process, you may need to avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. Your surgeon will monitor your recovery and give you personalized guidelines to follow.
The cost of breast reduction will depend on your individual case. If your overly large breasts are causing chronic pain and your primary care physician has determined that breast reduction is the solution, you may be eligible for insurance coverage. Discuss your situation with your personal physician and with our staff at PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about your options, including our affordable financing plans.
Breast reduction will result in scarring at the incision sites. Women who undergo this procedure typically feel that the scars are of little consequence in comparison to the quality of life improvements after breast reduction.