Large breasts can make you feel self-conscious, turn clothes shopping into a headache, and cause back and neck pain. You can find relief from the discomfort caused by large breasts with breast reduction. In many cases, a breast reduction will allow you to engage in many activities where your breasts used to hold you back.
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery removes your excess fat and breast tissue to decrease your breast size. Your LPS surgeon will resize your breasts, then lift and reposition them. You may consider breast reduction if your breasts look too large for your figure or if they cause you discomfort. Breast reduction often helps achieve symmetry between the rest of your body and your breasts.
Am I a Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
Ideal candidates for breast reduction have large breasts that cause problems and make them uncomfortable. You should have no significant health problems that would affect your healing, and you should not smoke. Good candidates understand and feel comfortable with the procedure and their expected results. For younger patients, we will determine whether their breasts have finished developing.
How Does a Breast Reduction Work?
Our surgeons have extensive experience in delivering excellent results. LPS surgeons perform over 300 breast reduction surgeries every year. Your surgeon will perform your breast reduction under general anesthesia using a variety of techniques or scars depending on your breast and body shape as well as your desired breast size. The procedure usually takes two to five hours. Your surgeon will remove your excess breast tissue and fat, tighten the skin, and reposition your areola for a breast with an aesthetically pleasing shape and size.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?
Your large breasts may bother you for both physical and emotional reasons. Breast reduction can help in many ways, including:
- No more back, neck, and shoulder pain from the weight of your breasts
- Find comfortable, stylish clothes with ease
- Stop spending so much money on specialty-sized bras
- Ease bra strap grooving
- Engage in physical activity without discomfort from your breasts
- Relief from chronic rashes (intertrigo) under the breasts
- Feel less self-conscious and freer to do what you enjoy
What is Recovery Like From a Breast Reduction?
Swelling and soreness will feel the worst during the first few days, and we will prescribe medication to help you feel more comfortable. Most people can go back to work within one to two weeks. If you have a more physically active job, you may need a more extended recovery period before returning. It can take six months or more for your breasts to settle into their final shape after surgery.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about breast reduction? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction