What is a breast reduction?
Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is designed to relieve the physical discomfort often associated with very large breasts and to enhance the overall appearance of the breasts. During a breast reduction procedure, the surgeon removes excess breast tissue and skin, resulting in smaller and firmer breasts.
The methods of reduction and reshaping vary and depend on the patient’s breast size, needs and expectations. Your aesthetic plastic surgeon will discuss which options are most suitable for you.
Is breast reduction right for me?
A breast reduction may be a good option if you experience many of the symptoms of heavy breasts. These can include breast discomfort, neck, back and shoulder pain, skin irritation underneath the breast fold, indentations from bra straps, difficulty fitting certain clothes or discomfort during exercise.
Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breasts are fully developed.
Significant complications from breast reduction are usually infrequent, but all surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Don’t worry, your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to supporting you during your recovery period.