A reduction mammoplasty is a procedure that cosmetic surgeons perform to reduce a woman’s breast size and decrease or eliminate the painful symptoms women with overly large breasts frequently experience. During this procedure, reduction of breast size is achieved as the surgeon removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Reduction mammoplasty procedures are outpatient surgeries; therefore, a hospital stay is not required. The recovery period for this procedure is usually just a few weeks.
Who Should Consider a Breast Reduction?
Any woman experiencing the symptoms associated with overly large breasts should consider speaking with one of the experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeons at Strax Aesthetics in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami, about the benefits of having a reduction mammoplasty.
Problems experienced by women with large breasts (macromastia) include:
- Breast pain.
- Excessive sweating beneath the breasts.
- Difficulty sleeping (e.g., the development of sleep apnea).
- Neck, back and/or shoulder pain.
- Breast infections due to having cystic breasts (i.e., polycystic mastitis).
- Tingling or numbness in the arms, fingers or breasts.
- Shortness of breath
- Rashes and infections beneath the breasts.
- Inability to play sports or participate in other physically demanding activities.
- Difficulty finding clothes that fit properly.
- Psychological distress….feeling embarrassment or self-consciousness about breast size
- Permanent grooves or skin breakdown of the shoulders and back from bra straps.
Heavy breasts limit one’s ability to live an active lifestyle and/or exercise, which could increase the likelihood that she will become obese.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
If you have extremely large breasts that are of concern or symptomatic, are at least 18 years of age, are in good health, and have realistic expectations as to what can be accomplished with a reduction mammoplasty, you may be a good candidate for the procedure at Strax Aesthetics in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami. When you come in for your complimentary initial consultation, the surgeon will conduct a physical assessment and a comprehensive evaluation to determine if a breast reduction will provide you with the results you desire.
Liposuction to Reduce Breast Size May Be an Option
Women whose breasts are large primarily due to excess fatty tissue may be able to use liposuction to reduce breast size. Liposuction is only an option for women who need a slight reduction and have very little sagging.
Frequently Asked Questions
The incisions are either made around the nipple and down the inferior part of the breast, or around the nipple, down the breast, and under the breast in an “anchor” pattern. There will always be visible scars following surgery.
Yes, your results are permanent unless you go through a major weight gain or become pregnant.
In some cases a breast reduction can correct symmetry, but this depends upon a patient’s individual anatomy.
The risks of surgery include bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, inability to breastfeed, nipple loss, and a loss of or change in nipple sensation.
Ideally a patient delays a breast reduction until her breasts have stopped growing. However, in some young women, their breasts are so large that an early reduction may be necessary to reduce discomfort and self-consciousness.
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