Women with very large, pendulous breasts may suffer from a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight of the breasts. These range from back pain to difficulty in finding clothing that fits.
You may be uncomfortable working out or participating in sports which make loosing weight very difficult. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders and rashes can develop in the folds of the breast.
Large breasts can make a woman-or a teenage girl-feel extremely self-conscious. A breast lift procedure can help your young one feel better about herself, allowing her to focus on school.
What Is A Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a successful procedure to treat heavy, pendulous breasts. This procedure removes breast tissue and skin from the breasts which in turn makes
them smaller, lighter and firmer. The size of the areola can also be reduced at the time of surgery. The goal is to restore the proportion of your breasts and allow you to move around more comfortably.
A breast reduction can also act as a breast lift; the nipple is elevated and the breast is “lifted” as part of the procedure. Most often the incision is made around the areola, straight down from the areola to the breast fold and then within the fold. This is referred to as an anchor incision. Dr. Samimi can also perform liposuction to treat any residual fullness of the chest wall during surgery or at a later time.
Before & After
Will My Insurance Cover The Full Procedure?
Insurance may cover some of the cost if you meet certain criteria. Breast reduction is usually performed for both physical relief as well as cosmetic improvement. During your consultation, Dr. Samimi will spend considerable amount of time with you to go over the procedure and its risks.
In most cases, breast reduction is not performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. Some teenagers may be appropriate candidates if they are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.
What Is The Recovery Process?
After surgery, you will have dressings placed on your incisions and a surgical bra will be applied. The surgical bra needs to be worn around the clock for 6 weeks. Depending on the patient, drains may or may not be used. Drains are used to collect any fluid and blood that can collect after surgery.
If drains are placed, they remain in place until they reach a specific output within a 24 hour period, consistently for 2-3 days.
Healing time is about 6 weeks for a breast reduction.