Breast size plays a large role in the everyday activities that women perform. However, breasts that are too large can limit physical activity, make fitting into clothes difficult and cause severe discomfort in the neck, back and shoulders.
A reduction mammoplasty, or breast reduction, decreases breast size to provide a more proportionate figure and reduces pain caused from oversized breasts. During a breast reduction, excess tissue, fat and skin are removed to bring the breast to the desired size. The areola is also repositioned and reduced to maintain a natural appearance.
There are different options for breast reduction surgery depending on breast size, shape and the extent of the reduction. Your surgeon will discuss the best reduction options to realistically achieve your ideal shape.
Scarring varies between the methods used, but will usually fade with time. Although recovery time varies among individuals, patients can expect a full recovery within 4-6 weeks after surgery.
When to consider a reduction mammoplasty:
• Breasts are too large for your figure and cause neck, back and shoulder pain
• Size of breasts limit your participation in physical activities
• Different sized breasts
Other cosmetic procedures that may be performed with a reduced mammoplasty include:
• Tummy tuck
• Performed under general anesthesia
• Outpatient procedure