Breasts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes – much like the women who have them.
Body positivity aside, embracing what you have naturally isn’t always easy. Whether it’s feeling insecure about their breast shape, not liking the way their clothes fit, or breasts getting in the way of daily activities, chances are good that there is at least one aspect some women don’t like about what nature has given them. Knowing what kind of procedure is needed for a specific situation can be the tricky part. In our breast blog series so far we’ve considered the difference between Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift , this week it’s all about breast reduction surgery.
Why Breast Reduction?
Despite what the images in the media will have you believe, having more beautiful breasts does not always mean having bigger breasts. It’s all about shape and proportion, and a skilled board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon can improve both using breast reduction techniques tailored to a patient’s unique needs. For women with very large breasts, having a reduction can feel like — quite literally — having a weight lifted off of their chest. It can relieve them from years of back, shoulder and neck pain; difficulty exercising; and rashes on their chest — not to mention limited clothing options and permanent shoulder grooves from weighted down bra straps.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction, also known as Reduction Mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the size and weight of large, heavy breasts, helping to create a more aesthetically pleasing breast contour that is better proportioned to a patient’s body. By removing excess breast tissue, fat, and sagging stretched skin, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon can not only make the breasts smaller, lighter, and firmer, but also improve breast symmetry and eliminate drooping.
While many patients choose breast reduction to alleviate physical discomfort of overlarge breasts (macromastia), the aesthetic benefits of breast reduction should not be overlooked!
Here are some of the “perks”:
● Your breasts will be lifted and firmer, with a more youthful appearance.
● With more proportioned breasts, your overall silhouette will be more balanced and attractive.
● Stretched areolas and/or large nipples can be reduced during the same procedure, helping you look better in and out of clothing.
● Swimsuits, sports bras, and form-fitting clothes will look and feel better, helping boost your confidence during activity.
Is this the right procedure for you?
A number of studies have found that women who have breast reduction surgery commonly feel a boost in their self-esteem, body image and physical health afterward. How much your breasts can be reduced depends on your size, breast composition and goals. Most breast reduction patients go down one to two cup sizes. A consultation with your surgeon of choice will provide you with a chance to discuss your desired results and best combination of procedures.
My Pro tip:
Ask the surgeon for before and after photos of past patients with a similar body type as you, and enquire about his or her experience performing the operation.