What is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a surgical method of reducing the size of the breasts. Breasts that are too large for your frame can cause physical pain in your back and shoulders, make it difficult to exercise, can make you feel less attractive, and can make clothes shopping impossible. A breast reduction surgery will correct these issues by removing excess breast tissue and skin.
Why Get a Breast Reduction?
Disproportionately large breasts can cause a number of problems. You may have trouble finding shirts, bras, and bathing suits that fit. The skin under your breasts can become irritated, which adds to the pain in your back from carrying around the extra weight. Bra straps might dig into your shoulders. These are just the physical issues- many women with a large chest are self-conscious and feel worse about their appearance than they would if their breasts were more in proportion with the rest of their body.
A breast reduction will bring the size of your breasts into proportion with your frame. You won’t have to lose your hourglass figure, but your chest will become more manageable. The procedure will help alleviate both physical and emotional discomfort caused by your breast size.
Who is A Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
A good candidate for a breast reduction will be in good physical and mental health. The candidate should have a positive outlook and realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. She should be getting the procedure for her own personal reasons, and not to satisfy anyone else.
Good candidates will have breasts that are large enough to cause physical discomfort and to inhibit their physical activity. She will probably have skin irritation both under the breasts and on the shoulders from tight bra straps. The breasts will hang low, and the nipples might hand below the breast crease. There might be stretch marks, or abnormally large areola (the dark skin around the nipple).
A good candidate for a breast reduction will also be bothered emotionally by the size of her chest. She may experience some self-consciousness or self-image problems associated with the attention that comes due to her chest size.
What Happens During My Consultation for a Breast Reduction?
During your initial consultation, the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon performing the breast reduction will do a physical examination your breasts. This may include taking photographs and using a computer-imaging program to see estimates of your final result. The surgeon will evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, as well as your skin condition and muscle tone.
The surgeon will listen to your concerns about your breast size, and help you decide on what size you would like to be after surgery. He will go over the process of breast reduction surgery, including exactly how much tissue will be removed to reach your goal. You will also be given pre- and post-operative care instructions.