Breast reduction may not be as popular of a surgery as breast augmentation, but it is important to know about because it often is less of a cosmetic procedure based off of personal feelings, and more of a procedure to increase health or well-being of those involved. Disproportionately large breasts can have a negative effect on the body, so I want to take the time to inform as to how the procedure works, who is a good candidate for the procedure, and how the procedure can benefit one’s life.


Breast Reduction, also referred to as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that many women undertake in order to reduce and reshape breast size. Often women feel as though larger breasts cause a disproportionate body, and can experience debilitating pain. Neck, back, or shoulder pain are all common symptoms that can potentially be reduced or eradicated with breast reduction surgery.


Breast reduction surgery may be right for you if you have any of the following:

  • Chronic back, neck or shoulder pain requiring medication
  • Rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Restricted activity due to large breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Difficulty fitting into bras or other clothing
  • Negative self-image concerning large or disproportionate breasts


How to Prepare for Breast Reduction

With the help of your plastic surgeon, a positive candidate for breast reduction surgery will undergo a series of preparatory actions in order to ready oneself for their surgery.  Your doctor will evaluate both your medical history and overall health, and discuss your expectations for your upcoming surgery, as well as provide a detailed description of the upcoming procedure.


To ensure you are completely certain in your decision, the doctor will also acknowledge all of the risks that go along with the surgery. Risks may include scarring and possible loss of sensation to the breasts. Next, your surgeon will take detailed photographs and measurements of your breasts for medical records.


Finally, you may be asked to take lab tests or get a baseline mammogram before moving on to the next step of the surgery process. Your doctor will most likely ask that you stop smoking if you are a smoker, and to avoid taking certain drugs and herbal supplements in order to control bleeding during the surgery.


Breast Reduction Procedure

While every surgeon is unique and the technique that each surgeon uses may vary slightly, the procedure generally includes two main steps. Incisions are made, followed by liposuction to remove excess fat in the breasts.


Your surgeon will make an incision around the areola and down each breast, then remove the excess breast tissue, fat, and/or skin in order to reduce the overall size of the breasts. Once this reduction is done, your surgeon will then reshape the breasts and reposition the nipples and areolas in order to give the most aesthetic, natural look and feel possible.


With the major steps taken care of, some other notes should be taken. The nipple and areola generally remain attached to the breast, but in cases of very large breasts they may need to be removed and reattached to a higher position to generate a normal look. Additionally, areolas may be reduced to match the smaller breasts.


Post Breast Reduction

After the surgery there will of course be a time of recovery, which your doctor will give you all of the details on. Swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity are all common during this stage, but will fade as long as you take the proper steps in recovery. You will be given bandages and medication to ease the process as well.


Now that you understand the process, think about whether or not your or someone you know could benefit from this type of surgery. Those that complain about aforementioned issues of pain or rashes may be perfect candidates to have their quality of life increased.


Breast reduction surgery – About – Mayo Clinic

Dr. Dana Coberly: Plastic Surgery Tampa 

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