Should You Get a Breast Reduction?

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We hear more about breast augmentation than breast reduction. From friends, family, the media. It seems as if everyone is more interested in gaining size, not reducing or talking about the problems that large breasts can cause. For women with small breasts, it might seem an alien concept that anyone would want to lose any size. The truth is there are many women that are seeking information on how they can safely decrease the size of their breasts and gain a new lease on life.

Why Get A Breast Reduction?

Let’s look at some of the reasons you may be seeking a reduction. Large breasts can be heavy. This extra weight can cause grooves in the shoulders from bra straps and back pain. In addition to the pain from the weight, posture can be thrown off, causing a stoop or lower back pain.

Clothing may not fit well or over-empathize the size of breasts. This can be embarrassing to some women. Not only can the breasts call more attention to themselves than the ‘owner’, they can create problems playing sports or other life activities.

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How Does A Breast Reduction Works

During reduction surgery incisions are made in the skin of the breast to allow the removal of excess breast tissue. The surgeon also removes excess skin, once all of the tissues have been removed the site is closed with sutures. Drainage tubes may be placed, along with dressings and compression or surgical bra.

Most patients will have the procedure completed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. If the reduction is small enough, the surgeon may use local anesthesia.

Possible Complications

Scarring is to be expected with any breast reduction. How much will depend on your natural ability to heal and the care paid to the wound site after surgery. Close attention to the directions of your doctor can help minimize scarring. Sometimes the scars will remain red and puffy for some time after the procedure, but fade.

Infection is a risk with any wound site, surgical or otherwise. Again, paying attention to the directions for aftercare will significantly reduce any risk of infection. Loss of ability to breastfeed. This will depend on how much tissue was removed, though some women may never be able to breastfeed afterward. Loss of sensation can occur and is typically resolved within a few months. Sometimes the sensations never return.

The majority of women that opt for breast reduction surgery are very happy with the results. Back pain and other problems caused by large, heavy breasts are often resolved as soon as the surgery has been completed.