Breast Reduction Surgery
Women have a unique relationship with their breasts. “How do my boobs look in this shirt?” “Can I go braless in this dress?” “I wish my boobs weren’t so saggy.” If you’ve had thoughts like these you are not alone. While many women wish their breasts were bigger, some women feel their breasts are too large and cause them physical and emotional problems. Luckily there is a solution to this problem; breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty is a procedure where skin and breast tissue are removed from the breasts to make them smaller. A surgeon will make a few small incisions, remove fat and other tissue then close the skin with stitches. The patient will have to undergo general anesthesia and the procedure will be performed in a hospital. Sometimes, depending on how much breast tissue is removed, the nipple and areola have to be removed and repositioned as well. Recovery time is usually a few weeks, but the patient may need to refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for a month or more.
Deciding to get breast reduction surgery is a very personal decision. Some women have this procedure done to alleviate the amount of weight their large breasts exert on their back and neck. This extra weight carried around for years can cause posture problems and may require chiropractic care to fix. Another reason women get the surgery is for self-confidence. Women who have a small frame with large breasts can sometimes feel out of proportion and feel that their large breasts attract too much attention. Also women or girls who want to play sports will have a hard time running and being active with large breasts. The excessive bouncing can cause pain and stretching of the breast tissue.
When getting a breast reduction surgery there are some things to consider. If you plan on breast-feeding any children, a reduction can make this difficult or sometimes impossible. The patient can lose feeling in the breast or nipple, which in a small number of cases can become permanent. The patient is also at risk of unevenly positioned nipples or permanent surgery scars.
For some women the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. If the size of your breasts affects the quality of your life, breast reduction surgery may be an option. Talk with your doctor to determine whether surgery is a right fit for you.