Breast reduction surgery is one of the more commonly performed cosmetic surgery for women, and can be performed either alone or along with a breast lift to optimize results.

Problems Associated With Overly Large Breasts

Large-breasted women often experience discomfort, both physically and emotionally, which eventually causes them to seek help. Some of the problems these women experience often include:

Skin Irritation

Many women with large breasts are susceptible to developing rashes and skin irritation under their breasts as the skin rubs together continuously. Deep grooves can also develop in the skin of the shoulders, as bra straps dig in from the weight.

Difficulty Breathing

The weight of the breasts can compress the chest and rib cage, making it difficult to breathe, especially when walking or exercising. This compression can also cause numbness in different areas of the chest.

Emotional Discomfort

Women with overly large breasts often have a very difficult time finding clothes that fit. Shopping can be difficult, and they may feel self-conscious as a result of their ill-fitting clothes or the unwanted attention they may receive.

Aching Back or Neck

The weight of overly large breasts can take its toll on the body, as the neck and back must strain to support their weight. Large-breasted women often experience persistent back and neck pain that can have a significantly detrimental effect on their enjoyment of life. They can also develop poor posture to compensate for the extra weight.

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Before & After

How Breast Reduction Works

Medications will be given to you prior to surgery to ensure your comfort throughout. For breast reduction, you will typically be given either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. A number of incisions may be made, depending on your anatomy, aesthetic preferences, and the amount of tissue to be removed.

Throughout the surgery, the nipple remains tethered to its original position by nerves and blood vessels, while other breast tissues are removed and reshaped. Liposuction is sometimes performed to remove excess fat.

At this point, any unevenness is corrected, and the remaining tissue is reshaped into a more youthful form. Only in the case of extremely large breasts necessitating dramatic intervention will the nipple and areola be removed and then grafted to a higher position on the breast. Once the breast has been adequately reshaped, and excess skin and tissue have been removed, the incision will be closed. Typically, temporary drainage tubes will be inserted to counteract the buildup of excess fluids during the healing process, but these will not be necessary for long. An incision scar will likely remain visible, but will improve significantly with time.

Surgical Cosmetic Interventions: Find Someone You Trust

At NYBG Plastic Surgery, our team of dedicated plastic surgeons have the training and experience necessary to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you’ve been suffering from the physical and emotional consequences of overly large breasts, we’re here to help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or for us to answer any questions you may have.

Kevin Small Md Publications (Breast Reduction)

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