Many women with large breasts turn to breast reduction surgery to remove unnecessary tissue and skin to alleviate the strain heavy breasts put on their shoulders and backs. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez of Sanchez Plastic Surgery, has consulted with and delivered excellent results to countless women. These patients request smaller, shapelier breasts, as well as relief from the discomfort that disproportionate breasts cause. Patients of Dr. Sanchez report their results are very natural looking and they no longer suffer from pain or feelings of self-consciousness. A breast lift can also be combined with the reduction surgery for maximum cosmetic results.
Breast reduction is usually performed after breast development has stopped, since childbirth and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of the breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast reduction surgery before having children. Overall, the best candidates for this surgery are women that demonstrate:
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to a woman’s body frame
- Back, neck and/or shoulder pain aggravated by the weight of the breasts
- Indentions (grooving) in their shoulders from tight bra straps
Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
During breast reduction surgery, liposuction is often a part of the process. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Our doctor is very careful to ensure that this risk is minimized as much as possible. We will remove the extra loose skin and tightened the underlying to form the newly shaped breasts. During surgery, we may use one of the following incision patterns:
- One around the areola
- One vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease
- One horizontally in the breast crease
What to Expect
After breast reduction surgery, patients will immediately feel lighter on top. The amount of breast tissue removed during surgery will be based on the initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size. For the first several weeks, our doctor will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Nipple sensitivity will return gradually within the first year.
Redefine Your Breasts Today
If you suffer from heavy, large breasts and are considering breasts reduction surgery to help eliminate symptoms, please contact our plastic surgery office today. This procedure not only gives you relief from the discomfort of having excessively large breasts, but it allows you to wear the clothes you have always desired and to feel comfortable in your own skin.