Large breasts are something many women strive for. But for over one million American women, large breasts are nothing but a source of pain and discomfort. Linked to back arches, neck pain, and sometimes even migraines, oversized breasts (or macromastia) have a variety of symptoms that affect women not only physically, but psychologically as well. Large breasts can cause unwanted attention from others, or create the embarrassing appearance of an out-of-proportion body. Luckily, the expert surgeons at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence offer relief to sufferers of this debilitating condition.
Health Risks of Oversized Breasts
Neck and back pain aren’t the only health risks to macromastia. Other ailments of the condition include:
- Difficulty breathing: Women with large breasts may oftentimes experience impaired breathing. Due to the size and weight of their breasts, filling the lungs with air becomes a laborious and difficult task.
- Painful bra grooving: The heavy, constant downward pull of the breasts can leave bra indentations in a woman’s shoulders.
- Skin rash and irritation: The breast crease often experiences irritation of the skin.
- Bad posture: The weight of large breasts can lead to bad posture and compression of nerve fibers, causing even more pain and discomfort.
In addition to the above health risks of macromastia, finding clothes or bras that fit is nearly impossible. Many women find themselves questioning their self-image, or begin to experience other mental issues. The impact macromastia can have on a person’s body and mind is severe, but thankfully, breast reduction surgery is a procedure which can help eliminate all of these problems.
How Breast Reduction Surgery Works
Breast reduction surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed by the expert surgeons at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence. Also called reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction surgery alters the size, shape, and weight of the breasts by removing excess tissue and skin. In addition, the procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the dark area of skin around the nipple.
During breast reduction surgery, patients are placed under anesthesia, which means that the entire procedure is absolutely painless. After determining the desired shape and size of the breasts with patients, surgeons will reshape and contour the breasts to the desired shape. If needed, doctors can also reposition the nipple and areola, creating a more uniform and eye-pleasing appearance to the breasts. After the surgery has been performed, cuts are stitched shut, and the patient is free to go.
Reduction mammoplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means that patients do not require an overnight stay at a hospital. Recovery time for breast reduction surgery is minimal: patients are able to return home in a few hours and to work in a few weeks. It’s recommended, however, that women cease from engaging in any strenuous or demanding activities before their breasts are completely healed.
In the days or weeks following a breast reduction procedure, women may experience a soreness or irritation of the breasts. If so, they may be prescribed pain medication to help deal with any lingering pain from the treatment.
A potential negative to breast reduction surgery is the scarring which occurs after the procedure has been completed. Because for the differences in each patient, the potential for scarring differs for everyone. One thing that is uniform, however, is the positive consensus among women who have undergone the surgery. Not only are most women not bothered by their scars, but they would perform the surgery again if needed and would recommend it to others. Luckily, most scars are easily hidden by bras or swimwear and tend to fade over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is breast reduction surgery the only way to deal with macromastia?
A: Though other treatments options for macromastia exist, none are as effective or permanent as the procedure. If women are hesitant to have a breast reduction, they can attempt to relieve their pain and discomfort by losing weight or by wearing a strengthening bra. But keep in mind that these treatments are short term solutions. Only reduction mammoplasty can fully fix the problem of macromastia.
Q: Who is the best candidate to receive breast reduction surgery?
A: Obviously, women with overly-large breasts that negatively impact their day-to-day life are the prime candidates for the surgery. However, the surgery can also benefit women who wish to reshape their breasts for aesthetic purposes, or who would like a more proportional body form.
Q: Is this surgery safe?
A: Of course! Breast reduction surgery is minimally invasive, meaning patients aren’t stuck recovering in a hospital. Patients are able to fully recover from the surgery in as little as a few weeks. And since the surgery is performed at an outpatient center, there is no risk of contracting a sickness like there would be in a normal hospital.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Surgery Today
At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence, we have a team of surgeons who are experts in performing reduction mammoplasty. If you have any general questions about the procedure, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment yourself, please contact us at (888) 391-5720 or fill out our online form.
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