Women with large breasts often experience back, neck and shoulder pain and have greater discomfort when performing physical activity. Breast reduction surgery can provide relief from these symptoms and has the added benefit of refining the shape and perkiness of the breasts resulting in improved body proportions. Clothes that fit are simpler to find, increased physical activity becomes much easier and an overall improved breast aesthetic results in a very high patient satisfaction rate after a breast reduction.
How is a breast reduction performed?
Excess fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed primarily from the lower and lateral portions of the breast, but the technical details of the operation are modified to suit each individual.
Will my breast shape change?
Almost all breast reductions incorporate a breast lift as part of the procedure and care is taken to create the most attractive breast shape possible.
What technique does Dr. Loizides use?
Dr. Loizides uses a variety of breast reduction techniques that facilitate the individualized treatment of each patient. As part of your consultation, Dr. Loizides will suggest which surgical technique suits you best.
What is the role of liposuction? Will I need liposuction?
Depending on your breast shape and fat distribution, liposuction can be very helpful in improving the aesthetic outcome of your surgery. It is used to remove excess fat from the side of the chest and the armpit area, which are not addressed by a breast reduction alone. For these reasons, liposuction is commonly performed at the same time as a breast reduction.
Describe the initial phase of the recovery
The incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures underneath the skin. The breasts are then covered with a soft dressing and your post-surgical bra. As you wake up in the recovery room, local anesthetic used during the operation will help to ensure your comfort. You are typically discharged the day of your surgery. Once at home, you do not have to change your bandages. Dr. Loizides will help you with the first dressing change 3-5 days following your surgery.
When can I resume exercise and return to work?
The recovery process varies from person to person, but most patients require 2 weeks off work and many patients appreciate a third week off if possible. Low impact exercise can be resumed after 2 weeks. All other activities can be gradually resumed after 4 weeks.
In summary, if you suffer from any of the following, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction:
- back, neck and shoulder pain from excess breast size
- heavy breasts with or without sagging that can lead to nipples that are too low or point downwards
- indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
- skin irritation underneath your breasts
- difficulty exercising due to the size of your breasts
- asymmetric breasts
- your breast size makes you self-conscious