What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. The surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin to decrease the overall size of the breast. Breast reduction creates breasts that are in better proportion with the rest of the body and usually alleviates the discomfort often associated with breasts that are overly large.

The medical term for “overly large breasts” is Breast Hypertrophy. Breast Hypertrophy can cause many different symptoms and concerns for women. Common complaints include neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, shoulder bra strap grooving, and rashes. It can also negatively impact self-esteem and make it hard for women to find appropriate clothing they feel comfortable wearing. Thankfully, many insurance companies cover the cost of breast reduction surgery because of these issues.

Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction offers the highest satisfaction ratings. Patients experience relief from neck and back pain and a substantial improvement to their posture. It can also prevent skeletal deformities and arthritis, which often develop over time in larger breasted women. Additionally, this type of surgery offers many women an improvement to their overall lifestyle. Everyday life becomes much easier to navigate, especially exercise routines. When women experience the freedom from the additional breast weight, they are more confident and likely to try new activities.

Depending on the degree of reduction that is required, a variety of incisions are used. Many patients are prime candidates for a procedure that is minimally invasive or also known as a short-scar technique. This type of technique uses smaller incisions to decrease the amount of scarring on the breast. For breast reduction scarring, it is advisable to use a silicone gel consistently once your surgeon gives the OK. This will help to fade and minimize them further, making them practically invisible. However, there are other factors that contribute to how your breast reduction scars will heal, such as nutrition, wearing sunscreen and exercise.

Deciding to have a breast reduction procedure is a very personal decision. You will have to decide if the benefits offered are right for you and if you can accept the potential risks and complications that could arise. Your plastic surgeon will go over all of the risks that can be associated with the procedure with you in full detail. You will also have to sign the proper consent forms as this ensures you fully understand the procedure and any potential complications or risks. The main risks are bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, loss of feeling, ugly scarring, and contour defects. Women must also know that significant weight gain after the surgery can cause further breast enlargement and a return of associated problems. All women that have the surgery should therefore plan to keep their weight stable to ensure the best long term results.

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