Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large pendulous breast that are disproportionate to a woman's body and can cause physical pain. Technically called reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction improves breast size, shape and the associated conditions of large breast that include:
Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of excess breast tissue.
Shoulder discomfort and indentation from bra straps that support heavy pendulous breast.
Restricted physical activity due to breast size and the associated discomfort.
Skin irritation beneath the breast crease.
An enlarged areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) caused by stretched skin
Breast reduction can be performed unilaterally (on one breast) or bilaterally (on both breast). It is generally considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed at any age; however it is best performed when the breast are fully developed. Because significant amounts of breast tissue are removed, breast reduction surgery may impair the ability to breast feed.
Where do I begin?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how a breast reduction can improve the appearance of your breast and relieve pain, discomfort and any associated symptoms you may have resulting from large, pendulous breast. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about breast reduction in a non pressured environment.