March 26th, 2010

Are You Considering A Breast Reduction?

by Dr. Mehr

Very often, large pendulous breasts result in neck and back strain. Shoulder pressure from bra straps and maceration from moisture under the breasts are additional problems. To alleviate these symptoms, as well as to improve appearance, breast reduction surgery may be performed. There are several methods of surgery, with varying length and position of scars. What they have in common is the reduction of the breast’s skin envelope, reduction of the volume of fat and glandular tissue that constitutes the breast, reshaping or “coning” of the breast, reduction in the size of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple), and elevation of the entire breast mound. The details of the surgery and determination of the best method for an individual are fully discussed at the initial consultation. Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight-from back and neck pain and skin irritation to skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman-or a teenage girl-feel extremely self-conscious.

Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.

If you are considering breast reduction, continue reading to get a basic understanding of the procedure- when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask the doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.