Breast Reduction can be a life changing procedure. The previous San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog discussed Breast Augmentation, this week we are going in the other direction.
Breast Reduction Before and After Pictures
Breast Augmentation is six times more popular than Breast Reduction. Although Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction both help establish better body proportions, the goal with Reduction Mammoplasty often goes beyond physical changes. After Breast Reduction, clothes fit better, and the embarrassment of extremely large breasts is removed, but there is more to it than the emotional benefits. Frequently, the relief of the physical symptoms associated with large breasts is the primary goal. Breast Reduction can relieve neck, back and shoulder pain, which is why 60% of Breast Reductions are currently covered by insurance.
Women with large, disproportionate breasts often complain of chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. The weight of the breasts torques the upper back forward and forces the cervical spine to hyperextend. The result is chronic pain in the lower neck and upper back. Muscle aches are also very common, since the muscles have to work much harder to support heavy breasts. Unfortunately, physical therapy is often ineffective. Often women will choose a tighter bra to enhance breast support. While this can help, the result can be shoulder pain and rutting from the bra straps digging into the shoulders, even with wide, padded bra straps. By reducing the size and weight of the breasts, Reduction Mammoplasty can directly relieve these symptoms in many cases.
Breast Reduction Includes a Breast Lift
Breast Reduction is more than just making the breasts smaller. Reduction Mammoplasty includes a Breast Lift and often Areola Reduction. Reducing the weight of the breasts is very important. Reducing the breasts’ inertia allows a woman to participate in physical activity with a significant reduction in physical pain. However, simply removing breast tissue would leave the breasts empty and sagging. By using Breast Reduction Techniques that incorporate a Breast Lift, the breast is not just smaller. It is also firmer and perkier. Areola Reduction can be added to further improve the aesthetic proportions of the breasts.
More Breast Reduction Information
Answers to the most frequently asked Breast Reduction questions can be found by following the links embedded in the article above, including more Breast Reduction Before and After Pictures. If you would like to learn how Breast Reduction Surgery can help you, call my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Office in Walnut Creek, California, at (925) 943-6353. You can also ask me questions by using the contact form in the margin.