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Large breasts can cause pain in the breasts, back, neck, and shoulders, as well as rashes beneath the breasts, indentations in the shoulders from bra straps, and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is usually done to provide relief from these symptoms. Performed under general anesthesia, this procedure removes fat and glandular tissue and tightens the breast skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts that are more in proportion to the rest of the body.
It is important to consider each aspect of the breast reduction procedure and your life after surgery before deciding upon the procedure. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Kunkel will meet with you to discuss your expectations for breast reduction surgery. He can then evaluate which goals are within reach and propose a plan for the breast reduction operation. At that time, Dr. Kunkel will inform you about the risks and possible complications of breast reduction surgery and the long-term effects of undergoing a breast reduction.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Women with large, heavy breasts may suffer physical pain from the weight of their breasts and may experience social discomfort due to unwanted attention to their breast size. Because of this, many women turn to breast reduction as a remedy.
Large, heavy breasts can also cause strain on a woman's body. The extra weight of heavy breasts can be harmful to posture and may lead to spinal problems. In addition to causing back, neck, and shoulder pain, excessively heavy breasts may also lead to breathing problems and other serious health issues. Breast reduction surgery can help a woman correct her posture and remove strain on the back, neck, and shoulders, reducing overall pain.
In addition to seeking relief from the pain caused by heavy breasts, many women seek breast reduction surgery because they are uncomfortable with the unwanted attention that their breast size draws. This unwanted attention may cause a woman to become uncomfortable with her appearance. Breast reduction surgery can help a woman regain her self-confidence and positive self-image, as well as provide the motivation to participate in a wide range of physical and social activities.
Breast reduction surgery generally takes three to four hours and is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital. The size and shape of the breasts, as well as the desired amount of reduction, helps determine which type of incision is best for each woman. The different types of incisions for a breast reduction include:
Initially after breast reduction surgery the breasts will be sore, swollen, and bruised. Bandages are worn for two or three days after surgery. Women should avoid heavy lifting and refrain from exercise and other strenuous activities for at least four weeks following the procedure. For extra support, a special soft surgical bra or athletic bra may be recommended.
Most women will be able to return to work and other less physically demanding activities about two weeks after undergoing a breast reduction. To ensure that the breasts are healing properly, breast reduction patients should attend follow-up appointments for two or three months after surgery.
Risk and Complications
Dr. Kunkel performs breast reduction surgery with great care, attempting to provide safe results that meet or even exceed the expectations of his patients. As with all surgeries, however, complications can occur. Potential risks that are specific to breast reduction surgery include asymmetry of the breasts, numbness, widening of the scars, and breasts that are larger or smaller than a woman may have desired. Other less common risks include infection, bleeding, and loss of a nipple. Dr. Kunkel discusses these issues with all breast reduction patients to help them decide if breast reduction is right for them.
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