What to expect from breast reduction surgery

female torso with bra on black background Breast reduction surgery has a high patient satisfaction rate because women love the results and wish they had gotten the surgery much earlier than they did. So why is it such a popular procedure? Here are some of the top facts you may not know about a breast reduction and what you can expect if you decide to undergo this surgery. 

  • Breast reduction surgery is ideal for women who have excessively large breasts, also called macromastia. During surgery, the surgeon removes excess skin, glandular tissue and fat from the breasts. The breasts are also lifted and moved to a higher position on the chest. The surgeon may also reduce the size of the areolae, which is the darkened skin around the nipples, to be more in proportion to the new size and shape of the breasts. 
  • Breast reduction surgery provides physical benefits such as alleviating pain in the neck, shoulders and back. It also gets rid of the pain of bra straps digging into the shoulder and help improve posture in many women as a weight is lifted. 
  • Surgery also provides emotional benefits as well. Many women are bothered by the size of their large breasts, which affects body image and confidence. They have trouble shopping for clothes that fit comfortably, and they may avoid social and sporting activities due to the social stigma and even physical limitations caused by excessively large breasts. 
  • After surgery, you will want to lay low for a few weeks. Many patients return to work after a week but avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks. 
  • Scarring is inevitable, but your surgical team will give you post-surgical instructions on how to minimize their appearance. While the scars will be pink for about a year after surgery, they will begin to fade and quickly. 

Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery often see a dramatic transformation and a boost in self-confidence like never before. To learn whether you are a candidate for this life-changing surgery, set up a consultation with Dr. Wiener by calling (773) 763-3990.

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