Breast reduction surgery is commonly referred to as a reduction mammaplasty. The procedure removes excess skin, tissue and fat from the breasts. This surgery is important for women with overly large breasts because it eases back pain and discomfort while ensuring the size of the breasts are proportionate to the body. The surgery often improves the ability to perform physical activities and the self-image of the woman. It is important to have realistic expectations prior to having surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is performed for many reasons, including:
- Chronic skin irritation or rashes beneath the breasts
- Restricted activity
- Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain requiring medication
- Difficulty fitting into clothing or standard bras
- Nerve pain
- A poor self-image due to having large breasts
Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who smoke, have heart problems or diabetes. The surgery can be performed on women of almost any age, often including teenagers. It is important to note if a teenager has this surgery, it may need to be repeated if they are not fully developed. This surgery can also impact plans for the future. If the woman is planning to have her first or another child, postponing this surgery for a later date might be recommended. This is not due to the actual pregnancy, but the potential challenges of breastfeeding.
Breast reduction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. There are several different techniques that can be used to decrease the size of the breasts. This includes the removal of excess breast fat with liposuction. In most cases, the excess skin, fat and tissue are removed to decrease the size of the breasts. The areolas can then be reshaped as needed.
A successful surgery relieves pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back. The surgery may enable the woman to participate in additional physical activities and exercises. The results can be seen immediately with the final result usually seen after full healing has taken place.
If you are interested in having breast reduction surgery or some other type of breast surgery such as breast augmentation, please set up your personal consultation at the office of Thomas T. Jeneby, MD, located in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Jeneby and his team would be more than happy to review your case. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started!