Breast augmentation is perennially one of the top two cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. Considering that, it may seem counterintuitive that a woman would choose to have her large natural breasts reduced through surgery. But overly large natural breasts can be difficult for a woman to live with, contributing to an assortment of physical issues and mental stress.
Patients seeking to bring their breasts more in line with the proportions of their figure trust Dr. Low and Dr. Cheung to perform breast reduction surgery.
What reasons would cause a woman to want reduction?
Overly large breasts can be a literal burden. The weight alone can cause back and neck pain, even leading to a hunched posture. Large breasts can cause nerve compression leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Bra straps dig into the skin. Due to her overly large natural breasts, women often avoid various types of exercise and exercise classes simply because they aren’t comfortable trying to manage their breasts. Plus, the undue attention they attract can make a woman avoid social situations.
What is breast reduction?
Reduction surgery is known clinically as reduction mammaplasty. In the procedure, Dr. Cheung and Dr. Low remove excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. The goal is to make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the figure and to eliminate any discomfort they cause. The procedure is similar to a breast lift, but it aims to remove more fatty tissue within the breasts to shrink their size and increase their firmness.
How is the procedure done?
For most of these surgeries, our board-certified CRS surgeons use an “anchor” incision. This incision circles the nipple-areolar complex, drops down vertically from the nipple to the crease at the bottom of the breast, and then extends horizontally along the bottom of the breast. This incision is necessary to access the amount of tissue needed. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are then removed. If the nipples are very large, we may reduce their size and then move them upward to match the smaller, higher breasts. If the patient has a good deal of fatty tissue, we will likely include some liposuction.
What is recovery like?
After reduction surgery, the patient will wear a surgical bra to decrease swelling and support the breasts. This is a very important part of recovery, as the surgical bra reduces any stress on the incisions. After the initial week, a support bra will need to be worn 24 hours a day for at least one month. Most patients can return to work in five days and resume most activities within one month. Strenuous exercise, particularly jogging or aerobics will probably need to wait six weeks. As with all procedures, our surgeons will discuss your particular recovery with you in detail.