Too Much Breast Volume Can Negatively Affect Your Quality of Life
Breasts are a very prominent feature on a woman’s body. Every woman dreams of perfectly proportional full and round breasts that are perky and make them look stunning. Different women, however, have different body shapes. There are many women who have breasts that are much too large for their frame, which can be very uncomfortable.
Women with overly large breasts often experience severe backaches and neck and shoulder pain. Large breasts can make physical activities extremely painful. In addition, women with extremely large breasts tend to feel shy and face a lack of self-confidence.
Many women undergo breast-reduction surgery to help them manage these problems. Breast-reduction surgery is a plastic-surgery procedure in which disproportionate and oversized breasts are reduced in size.
Your Breast-Reduction Consultation
Before you schedule an appointment for breast-reduction surgery, it is important to have as much information as possible about the procedure. The best way to learn more is during a consultation with Dr. Mandell-Brown.
During your consultation, you will discuss your medical history with Dr. Mandell-Brown, along with the details of the procedure. You will also be able to look at before-and-after photos. It is important to have realistic expectations for your results.
Prior to the surgery, you will be asked to refrain from smoking or taking medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as these are blood thinners and may cause complications during surgery and recovery.
How Is a Breast Reduction Performed?
A breast reduction can take up to two hours depending on factors such as the degree of size reduction that is desired. Initially, you will be given local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Mandell-Brown will make a careful incision. There are several types of incisions, and Dr. Mandell-Brown will choose the option that will give the best results.
After the incisions have been made, excess fat, skin, and glandular breast tissue are removed. The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned and resized to fit the new dimensions of the breast. To complete the procedure, sutures are used to close the incisions.
Results and the Recovery Process
Immediately after the procedure, patients will notice some swelling and bruising in and around the breasts. These are the temporary side-effects of the procedure and will subside in time. Ice packs are effective in bringing down the bruising and swelling. Wearing a supportive bra without underwire will be helpful during this time.
Patients will need to take time off from work to heal as recommended. During this time, it will be important to avoid physically strenuous activities such as exercise.
The results of a breast reduction are visible once the swelling and bruising have completely ameliorated. Results come in the form of smaller and perkier breasts that better fit the patient’s frame.
Find Out More from a Consultation at Our Office
Stop struggling with the physical and psychological effects of overly large breasts – contact our office today and schedule your breast-reduction consultation. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown will be available to answer any questions you may have.