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Disproportionally large and heavy breasts are often a source of pain and discomfort for women. Because of the weight, this often causes back and neck strains; as well as resulting in shoulder indentations from the shoulder straps. Women with very large breasts often suffer from skin irritation and infection underneath their breast folds. Large breasts frequently prevent women from participating in sports. They also make it difficult for women to fit well into cloths. In summary, large breasts are not only a hazard to a woman’s health but also diminish her sense of self-esteem and independence.

Breast Reduction, or Reduction Mammoplasty, is the surgical procedure to reduce breast size and weight through the removal of excess breast tissue, fat and skin. The plastic surgeon not only makes the breasts more proportionate to a woman’s figure, but also lifts them.
 Of all the surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons, breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) is probably the most rewarding for the patient as well as the doctor. The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the dimensions of the breasts to a more proportional and manageable size. In doing so, the surgeon removes excess breast tissue and skin, tailors a new breast that is smaller, more proportional, and more youthful.

 

 

Disproportionate Breasts:

Some women develop breasts that are disproportionate to their overall size, such as a petite woman with "D" cup breasts, who would be very "top heavy" and have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly.

Breast "Ptosis" or Sagging:

Often, women with large breasts have a pendulous breast shape, with nipples and areolas (the colored areas around the nipple) that point downward. Their heavy breasts sag so that they must always wear a bra, and cannot wear revealing clothes.

Painful Shoulder Grooves from Heavy Bra Straps:

Painful and uncomfortable indentations result from the need to wear full support bras with tight straps, even to sleep.Although all women immediately do get relief from neck and back strain, it takes several months for the new breasts to settle into their final shape.Usually, early on they might look flat and broad, but with time and with gravity they become more conical and gain more projection.It is advised to avoid bras with under-wires during this time period. In women over 40, a base-line mammogram is recommended about six months after surgery. You should also know that the removed breast tissue is always examined for sign of malignancy in the laboratory.It is thought that because breast reduction reduces the total size of the breasts, it theoretically reduces the overall incidence of breast cancer.

 

 

During the most common Breast Reduction surgery, the plastic surgeon makes an "anchor-shaped" incision the circles the areola, through a total of three incisions. One incision is made around the areola – the colored area around the nipple. A second incision is made vertically from the bottom of the areola to beneath the breast crease. A third incision curves in the under-breast (Inframammary) fold. The plastic surgeon then removes excess tissue, fat and skin, shifting the nipple and the areola into their new higher position. The plastic surgeon then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Skin that was above the nipple is lowered to the breast crease, allowing the surgeon to bring skin together and to reshape the breast.

Often, Breast Reduction is performed simultaneously with a Breast Lift or "Mastopexy," because the excess fat and glandular tissue that made breasts large and heavy lead to sagging that can only be corrected by a lifting procedure. Men who develop excessively large breasts, or "woman-like" breasts – a condition known as Gynecomastia – can also undergo Breast Reduction.

Who Would Benefit from Breast Reduction? Women who suffer from the following symptoms are good candidates for undergoing Breast Reduction Surgery:

Who Would Benefit from Breast Reduction?Women who suffer from the following symptoms are good candidates for undergoing Breast Reduction Surgery:

Chronic Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain

A woman with size F cup breasts is carrying approximately six pounds more than a woman with a D cup of extra weight. This additional weight is sustained by the neck, upper back and shoulders. Imagine constantly carrying a two-liter Coke bottle by a strap around your neck. You would definitely develop neck, shoulder, and upper back pain within a short time. This makes Mammary Hypertrophy a physical disability; one that is a severe health problem and yet is being increasingly disregarded by the health insurance companies.

Women who suffer from inherently painful backs and necks — such as those with cervical disc herniation — are at even greater risk. Very often, these women find relief only through strong narcotics and muscles relaxants. This is a painful addiction problem, and causes a feeling of hopelessness. I have personally treated many patients like this who were able to cease the use of all narcotics and medications for their chronic back pain following Breast Reduction surgery.

How would you be evaluated for Reduction Mammoplasty?

Your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate a number of factors at your first appointment. These include your measurements, the size and shape of your breasts, and the placement of the nipples and areolas. He or she will also take photographs so an accurate record of your progress can be kept. Your plastic surgeon will also give you an estimate of how much breast weight that can be removed.

Can I Have Breast Reduction Surgery if I Have Medical Conditions Besides Those Caused by Large Breasts?

Yes. However, your cosmetic surgeon will first require that your medical conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, be optimized prior to your surgery. Uncontrolled diabetes, thyroid, and immune disease can complicate your healing after surgery.

 

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