Patients with very large breasts may struggle with back, shoulder and neck pain as well as bra-strap grooving, rashes, self esteem issues and difficulty exercising – issues that we can resolve with cosmetic breast reduction surgery.
In a breast reduction, the incision is made around the areola and a vertical line extends downward and follows the natural curve of the crease under the breast. During a breast reduction, excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed allowing the breast to be re-shaped into a smaller, lighter, firmer breast that is in proportion with the rest of your body. Your nipples are not detached from your breast. They are simply moved to a higher position so that most women retain nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed.
- Surgery length: 2-3 hours; outpatient
- Anesthesia: general
- Recovery: swelling, bruising, numbness, and permanent scarring
- Back to work: 2-3 weeks
- Resume normal activities: 6 weeks
- Risks: bleeding, infection, loss of sensation, and asymmetrical breasts or uneven position of nipples
Image via the American Society of Plastic Surgeons