In some cases, large breasts can cause severe back, neck, and shoulder pain—limiting women from enjoying daily activities, fitting into their clothing properly, and feeling confident about their bodies.
Removing excessive glandular tissue and skin to achieve a much more natural proportional breast size for women who have large breasts, is known as a breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty.
The specific techniques used to reduce the size of your breasts can vary. These procedures might include:
•Surgery via Incisions
An incision is made by your surgeon allowing them to remove excess breast tissue, fat and skin, and raise the nipple and areola. Afterwards, the surgeon brings the skin together using dissolvable stitches, as shown below.
• Liposuction to Remove Excess Fat From Breasts
Due to constant advances in liposuction, we can now achieve a 1-3 cup size reduction in each breast without the cuts and scarring of a traditional breast reduction. Since the female breast is composed of at least 50% fat, our physicians can reduce the size of each breast by performing liposuction through a small incision.
A breast reduction can dramatically improve the shape, appearance, and size of a woman’s breast. It can also increase a woman’s confidence, decrease neck and back pain, and improve posture.
An ideal candidate for a breast reduction is someone in good health with a normal weight for their height, who is also a non-smoker. (Smoking can result in tissue destruction and prevent the operated area from healing properly.) The type of surgery is determined via an evaluation by our surgeon.
Recovery from a breast reduction procedure will depend upon the patient, but most patients will be able to drive and return to a desk job within 1 week. In addition, we highly recommend that anyone having this surgery avoid strenuous exercise and activity for the first 3-4 weeks following their surgery.
Every patient's breast reduction journey is a little different. These are some before and after photos of a few of our patients to give you an idea of what we do here at Acadia Women's Health.