Women with very large, sagging breasts tend to have neck, back and shoulder pain. Patients find breast reduction surgery to greatly benefit their life. Patients not only have relief from their symptoms but also the ability to exercise better, wear more fitting clothes and many have psychological benefits. Of all surgeries that plastic surgeons perform, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction. Patients of most any age may have breast reduction surgery, however, most surgeons recommend waiting until after breasts have fully developed. Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for those women who intend to breast-feed.
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You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have any of the following problems:
- Neck, back or shoulder pain.
- Shoulder notching / furrowing from you bra strap.
- Heavy, sagging breasts.
- Breasts that are too large for your body size.
- Irritation and rash beneath your breasts.
- Difficulty with exercise and physical activities due to large heavy breasts.
- One breast that is larger than the other creating a significant asymmetry.
During Breast Reduction surgery, fatty tissue in the breast, along with glandular tissue and excess skin are removed. By removing these elements, the breast can be pulled tighter making them lighter, smaller and firmer. Breast Reduction surgery is generally performed under a general anesthesia, and usually takes between 2 to 4 hours to complete. After your surgery, you will be wrapped in an elastic bandage, or surgical bra over gauze for 2-3 days. You may have a drain placed in to allow excess fluid and or blood to drain from the incision. You can expect a recovery period of about 2 weeks following your procedure.