Reduce the size of your breasts for a more proportionate body contour
Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems including back pain, neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems caused by excessive breast weight. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman, or a teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious.
If you’re considering breast reduction, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure- when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.
Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.
Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have the surgery are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort.
In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. Breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breastfeed.
The breast reduction procedure is often performed on an out-patient basis. After Dr. Berman removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, the nipple and areola will be shifted to a higher position. The areolas may also be reduced in size.
There are a number of incisions options to choose from to achieve this procedure, including the “donut” incision, which is created around the areola and nipple, the “keyhole” incision, which is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and the “anchor” incision, which is created around the areola, down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the crease. The incision pattern that is right for you will depend on the amount of improvement desired.
Following your breast reduction procedure, you will have surgical dressings placed and drains in each breast. You may also have compression garments on to support your new body contours. Redness, swelling, and bruising may occur during recovery, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks. Dr. Berman will provide you with specific post-op instructions to help ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.
If you are interested in learning more about the breast reduction procedure in Boca Raton, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Berman.
Breast reduction is not always medically necessary. If the breast reduction is for cosmetic purposes, then most insurances will not cover it. If enlarged breasts are causing health issues, then this surgery may be fully or partially covered depending on your insurance plan. For any questions regarding payment and financing, please feel free to talk to Dr. Berman or our patient care coordinator.
Typically, patients who require breast reduction suffer from back and neck pain, skin chafing, and restriction of the activities that they wish to do, such as exercise. Many patients also experience discomfort from their bra straps, posture issues, and even numbness or tingling in their hands and fingers.
Most often, large breasts are simply genetic. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding or hormone imbalances can also cause extremely large breasts.