Aesthetic Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is for a woman experiencing health problems and/or exaggerated self-consciousness associated with very large, heavy pendulous breasts. Aesthetic Breast reduction operation removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Medical problems associated with large breasts include back and neck pain caused by the excessive weight, skin irritation, bra strap indentations, poor posture, and interference with normal daily activities such as exercise. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. This can alleviate the health problems associated with large breasts and improve a woman’s confidence in her appearance.

            We will conduct a routine breast exam¬ination and, depending on your age and family history, may determine that mammograms, might be required. After examining you, we will discuss other variables that influence the decisions involved in reduction mammaplasty, such as the size, shape and skin tone of your breasts. Since the ability to breast-feed following reduction mammaplasty is unpredictable, you should discuss the matter with us at this time. Although not advocated as a cancer risk reducing procedure, a woman's risk of subsequently developing breast cancer will be reduced proportionately to the amount of breast tissue left. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery.

         It is done under general anesthesia Patients will need to limit strenuous upper body activity and wear a sports bra for 2-4 weeks after surgery. The scars go around the areola, straight down as a vertical line to the inframammary crease, and then sometimes horizontally in the crease under the breasts. Through these incisions, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple areolar complex is repositioned higher.

           Breast reduction surgery will make your breasts smaller and firmer. Without the excessive weight of large breasts, you may find greater enjoyment in playing sports and engaging in physical activity. The incisions from your breast reduction surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible, more so in some individuals than others. Fortunately, the incisions for breast reduction are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.

           Breast reduction often makes a dramatic change in your appearance. For this reason, it may take some time to adjust to your new body image. Most women, however, eventually become comfortable with their smaller breasts and feel very pleased with the results of surgery. In fact, the level of patient satisfaction resulting from breast reduction is among the highest of any plastic surgery procedure.

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