When Oversized Breasts Cause Physical And Emotional Issues, A Breast Reduction May Be Needed

Published on November 5, 2018

Even though large breasts are often portrayed and seen as an appealing feature to have for women, the truth is that they are not as glamorous as they seem to be. Women with oversized breasts, especially breasts that are disproportionate to their body, know just how heavy they can be, causing various physical issues such as neck, back, and shoulder pain. It can also prevent them from performing various physical activities.

Moreover, not every woman may like to have large breasts as it often invites unwanted attention from others. As a result, they may feel conscious and insecure about their breasts, leading to emotional stress.

Oversized breast isn’t an issue that only women face. Some men who suffer from gynecomastia, a condition where the size of the breast tissue increases, leading to abnormally large male breasts. This can cause a large amount of emotional distress and discomfort for men with this condition.

For both men and women dealing with the difficulties of having large breasts, there is a surgical procedure that can effectively solve these issues – breast reduction surgery.

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure where excess or unwanted fat, skin, and tissue is removed from the breasts to make them appear smaller and lighter in weight.

The procedure may either be one that requires a one-night stay in the hospital, or it could also be an outpatient procedure depending on your unique conditions. General anesthesia is administered, and the surgeon will create incisions on your breasts. There are different incision options, including

• A circle around your areola, where scars will be clearly visible
• A circle around the areola, then a vertically downward incision, like the shape of a keyhole
• An anchor-shaped incision

Any excess tissue, skin, and fat is removed through the incisions, and the underlying tissue is lifted and reshaped. Sometimes, liposuction may be used if the cause of the oversized breasts is mainly due to excess fat.

The nipple is then repositioned to match the new, smaller size of the breasts. If necessary, the size of the areola is also reduced by removing skin at the sides. After this, the surgeon layers sutures deep within your breast tissue. Surgical tape or skin adhesives are then used to close the incisions.

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

After your breast reduction surgery, you will need about one week or two weeks off from your daily activities. You must also avoid strenuous physical activity for about a month post-surgery.

Swelling and bruising are normal and to be expected. You may wear a support bra or an elastic bandage for support during your recovery period. Your surgeon may place a tiny tube under your skin to drain any excess fluids.

Who Is A Suitable Candidate For Breast Reduction Surgery?

If you have oversized breasts that are causing you not only physical discomfort but emotional distress, then a breast reduction surgery is ideal for you. You must be in good general health and have realistic expectations about the surgery in order to be considered a good candidate.

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A breast reduction can give you a more proportional body and help take care of the physical and emotional discomfort caused by having oversized breasts. If you’re interested in learning more about the surgery, contact An Enhanced You Cosmetic Surgery Medical Group to learn more.

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