Cosmetic treatments and procedures are recognized today not only for enhancing a patient’s appearance but for also improving quality of life. Breast reduction surgery is just such a procedure, whereby it benefits women in a number of ways. At Reflections Skin & Laser Center in Cartersville and Kennesaw, Georgia, we perform this surgery to help women like you look and feel their best.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Without realizing it, many women associate their breasts with femininity. A bust that sits high and is balanced with the rest of the body can give a woman confidence. On the other hand, breasts that have lost their shape and are disproportionately large can make a woman feel like she needs to hide her body and, similarly, shy away from people.
Reviewing the Benefits
The benefits go well beyond aesthetics. Many women with large breasts experience pain in their upper and lower backs, necks, and shoulders caused by muscle strain. Reducing the breast size can alleviate this pain and soothe irritated skin that develops from tight, constrictive bra straps and sharp underwires.
Larger breasts can make it difficult to enjoy physical activities like dancing, aerobics, and running. Not only are the movements associated with these activities painful, but many women lack the confidence needed to exercise in front of others.
The weight of large breasts can also cause the spine to curve. This leads to poor posture and intense back pain. Many women forego exercise altogether so as not to further aggravate their physical symptoms. But after surgery, the spine straightens and pain diminishes, allowing women to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles once more.
Oversized breasts and the pain and discomfort they bring can make it difficult to maintain your confidence. On top of this is a constant worry about how you look, whether or not you can find clothes that fit, and if a bra is available to meet your needs. Many times, shopping and social events cause such anxiety that you dread going.
How It Works
The surgery takes an average of three to five hours to complete. This depends on your breast size and the amount of tissue being removed. Many women hope to achieve a reduction in two bra cup sizes, which, for comparison sake, might equate to a C or D cup.
During surgery, excess fat and gland tissue are removed. Skin is also tightened to conform to the breasts’ new shape. On very rare occasions, the nipple will be repositioned, but this is not the norm. Our staff will discuss with you the exact nature of your procedure before we begin, and we are always available to answer any questions.
What to Expect
The surgery is performed to ensure an even shape and size between your breasts and a smooth contour. Incisions are carefully placed, the nature of which will be discussed during your consultation. A recovery period will follow surgery, and then you will be allowed to leave. You won’t be able to drive yourself, so please have someone with you.
Most patients are able to resume their regular, daily activities within about a week. Downtime is minimal, and healing is generally easy and more comfortable than you might expect. In addition, women face little risk for pain and other side effects because the surgery involves tissue removal without the disturbance of organs, a fairly uncomplicated process.
How Long Do Results Last?
Most women enjoy the results of breast reduction for a very long time. Patients normally do not require maintenance procedures or repeat touch-ups. It is important to remember, however, that as the body ages, gravitation can impact your breasts. You may therefore experience some sagging in the future, although the surgery will help with this.
Who Is This Right for?
- Pain throughout the upper body, especially in the back or neck
- Numbness from the breasts to the fingers
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor posture
- Skin sensitivity, including rashes and irritation
- Indentations in shoulder skin
- Persistent headaches, including migraines
In addition, women who are unable to exercise because of large breasts also make strong candidates. Physical inactivity can lead to additional health concerns, such as weight gain and associated diseases.
Healthy Goals and Expectations
It is our goal to provide you with the safest and most effective care possible. We also strive to ensure our procedures can match your personal expectations. This is why, during the course of your first consultation, we will ask what you hope to achieve from breast reduction.
It’s important to have this procedure at the behest of your personal wishes and not those of a partner, spouse, or loved one. All surgeries require a degree of reflection to ensure you’re having them for the right reasons. We encourage you to pursue breast reduction to look and feel better for yourself – not someone else.
Set Reasonable Expectations
Although breast reduction can yield a number of powerful benefits, you must understand that every surgery has limitations. Your breasts may still be slightly different from each other, as this is a natural occurrence in most women. In addition, it may take a month or longer to see the full results, so don’t feel discouraged.
Finally, you can expect to lose one or two cup sizes, but more than that is unlikely. Surgery will follow the natural structure of your breasts, so please keep that in mind when considering your goals.
Time for a Change
You know your options, you’ve thought about it long enough, now it’s time for a change. Breast reduction surgery can help you achieve a more youthful silhouette, restore your confidence, and give you back an active lifestyle. It can also eliminate the pain that persists day in and day out.