Breast reduction is for every woman who wants her breasts to be proportional to the rest of her body and, therefore, more comfortable.
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
- Heavy pendulous breast with nipples that point downwards
- Skin irritation beneath your breasts
- One breast that is much larger than the other
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Indentations in your shoulders from straining bra straps
- Restrictions of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
The most common method involves two incisions:
- Around the areola
- Vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast
After your surgeon has removed excess breast tissue, fat and skin, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position.
Breast reduction requires a general anesthetic. You will spend one night in hospital.
- You will need to wear a support bra for up to six weeks, until the swelling and bruising subsides.
- You should avoid any straining, bending and lifting for at least four weeks following surgery.
- The incisions from the procedure should fade over time. Fortunately, the incisions are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.
- The stitches dissolve on their own within the first week to 10 days.
Getting Back to Normal
Depending on the extent of your breast reduction and your general physical condition, you may be able to return to non-strenuous work any where from two to three weeks after surgery. Indeed, many women are able to resume most of their normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after just four weeks.
Breast reduction surgery is to make your breasts smaller and firmer. Without the excessive weight of large breasts, you are likely to find greater enjoyment than before in playing sports and engaging in other physical activity.