Six Breast Augmentations are performed for every Breast Reduction; however, bigger is not always better. Large breasts can cause pain and embarrassment. The weight of the breasts can cause discomfort, especially during physical activity. Heavy breasts put strain on the back and neck, and cause chronic lower neck and upper back pain. Shoulder rutting from bra straps digging into the shoulders is another common problem. In the summer months, skin-on-skin contact below the breasts can lead to rashes, infections and even ulcerations.
Female Breast Reduction Before and Afters
Breast Reduction = Symptom Reduction
Breast Reduction Surgery reduces Macromastia (large breasts) and changes how clothes fit, but it also reduces the symptoms associated with heavy breasts. Less weight means less torque on the back and neck. Less skin redundancy means fewer rashes and firmer breasts that move with you, not on their own. Proportionate breasts also make it easier to find bras and tops that fit.
Reduction Mammoplasty Before and After Pictures
Different Procedures for Different Breasts
The gold standard Breast Reduction in the United States is an “Inverted-T” or “Keyhole” method base on an “Inferior Pedicle.” But one size does not fit all. The top most example on this page was done without the vertical scar that runs down the middle of the breast, from the areola to the base of the breast. Other alternatives eliminate the horizontal scar beneath the breast, or both the vertical and horizontal scars. Scarless Breast Reduction is possible for small reductions when there is little sagging. This is done with liposuction, but liposuction alone is usually not an option for Breast Reduction.
Breast Reduction Consultation
If you are considering Breast Reduction, be certain to seek a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your procedure. If know the size you would like to be, a careful history and examination will help to determine the best course of treatment. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area call Dr. Mele’s Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office at (925) 943-6353 to schedule your personal consultation appointment today.