If you have excessively large or drooping breasts, then you may have wondered if breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is right for you. It’s definitely one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures with a high patient satisfaction rate. Read on to learn more about breast reduction and whether you are a candidate for surgery:
Physical and psychological concerns
Not only can excessively large breasts cause back, neck and shoulder pain, but they can cause grooves in the shoulder skin from bra straps, rashes and other skin irritation, as well as contribute to poor posture. Women who have excessively large breasts may also avoid certain physical activities because it makes them self-conscious and uncomfortable. They may not find joy in clothes shopping as their options for tops may be limited or not as flattering as they would like. Women also may grow tired of the unwanted attention that they receive due to the size of their breasts.
Candidates for surgery
Women who are in good physical health with realistic expectations for surgical outcomes make great candidates for surgery. Excessively large breasts can lead to back and neck pain, spine problems, balance problems, tingling hands, carpal tunnel and even headaches and migraines. It also impairs some women from participating in social and physical activities.
What a breast lift can do
During surgery, Dr. Wiener removes excess skin and tissue and lifts the smaller breasts into a higher, more youthful position on the chest. Nipples may be relocated, and areolae–the dark skin around the nipples–may be reduced in size to be in better proportion with the new breast size.
What recovery is like
Patients will wear a soft support bra after surgery. They can expect to have some bruising and swelling and be sore for the first week. Most patients return to work and light activities after a week, but should avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks.
Breast reduction surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for good reason. Women often report that they wish they had done it sooner once they feel the relief of having smaller breasts. If you’d like to learn more about breast reduction surgery, call (773) 763-3990 for a consultation with Dr. Wiener.