A woman’s breasts play an important role in her sensuality, femininity, and self-image. However, many women with large breasts often feel embarrassed and suffer from physical discomfort. If you have ever considered breast reduction surgery to reduce back and shoulder pain, or to achieve a more proportionate figure, check out these basic facts about the procedure to determine whether breast reduction is the right choice for you.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to decrease the weight and size of the breasts. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Incisions are typically placed around the areola, down the lower half of the breast and under the breast in the crease (sometimes referred to as an “anchor scar”). Excess breast tissue and skin is removed to create a smaller breast and an uplifted shape.
Candidates for breast reduction surgery are women who want smaller, reshaped breasts. Good physical health is a must, as well as realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and acceptance of the resulting scars. The procedure is typically reserved for adult women who have fully developed breasts. Common complaints that lead women to seek breast reduction include:
• Breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of the body frame
• Asymmetrical breasts (one breast is larger than the other)
• Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness over the appearance of the breasts
• Physical discomfort from large breasts, such as back and neck pain
• Skin irritation due to heavy breasts rubbing against underlying skin
• Painful grooved in the shoulder from bra straps
• Avoidance of some activities due to physical discomfort or embarrassment
Results and Recovery
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that requires a recovery period afterward. Patients considering breast reduction should be prepared to give themselves plenty of time and rest to fully heal from the surgery. Most women are able to return to the majority of activities within two weeks and all activities within 4-6 weeks. The improvements afforded by breast reduction surgery are usually long lasting.
Insurance Coverage Options
Women that are experiencing physical symptoms from their large breasts may qualify for insurance coverage for at least a portion of their procedure. To determine whether this applies to you, we recommend talking to your insurance provider before making an appointment for your initial consultation.
Breast reduction surgery is an effective way to achieve a new body contour and relieve physical symptoms for some women. Patients from San Diego and surrounding areas can learn more about this procedure by contacting us at 855-338-3511.