Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammography, is a procedure which reduces the volume and weight of large breasts. Breast reduction surgery can not only cosmetically improve the shape and appearance of the breasts; it can additionally remove pain and tension in neck and surrounding tissues due to larger breasts and their weight. If you experience irritation or numbness under your breasts due to stretching, breast reduction can be used to relieve these symptoms. Breast reduction also aids women whose breasts are a disadvantage to physical activity or sports.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision around the nipple. Excess skin, fat and breast tissue is carefully removed. Patients may be advised to wear surgical bra after surgery until full recovery.
Any woman can be a candidate for this procedure providing they understand the risks and the limitations of the surgery. If you are planning to lose a substantial amount of weight, it is advised you do so before surgery. Generally, you should be healthy, abstain from smoking, have completed breast development, and do not take any medications that may interfere with blood clotting. Some women have found it difficult to breastfeed after undergoing a breast reduction.
There are several different levels of breast reduction available. Based upon your desired results, your surgeon will recommend the procedure best suited to you. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions you have with the doctor so your experience can be tailored to your needs. Some versions are more or less invasive than others, some have shorter recovery times, and some have more or less dramatic results. All of these factors must be taken into consideration prior to your surgery.