Why Would I Need a Breast Reduction?

Why Would I Need a Breast Reduction?

For an array of personal reasons, such as replacing lost volume, creating symmetry, and increasing the size, nearly 200,000 women underwent breast augmentation surgery last year, which typically involves the insertion of silicon- or saline-filled implants.

Far fewer women — about 36,000 in 2020 — choose to go in the opposite direction and reduce the size of their breasts. Here, our team of medical experts at Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics explains why some women want smaller breasts and what a breast reduction procedure entails. 

Who should consider a breast reduction?

A quick glance at the bra section in any department or lingerie store gives you a good idea of what many women consider the ideal set of breasts. The number of push-up, padded, smoothing, cleavage-enhancing bras makes it clear that a lot of women want their breasts to appear bigger than they are — and many of them step outside the store and into the operating room to get them. 

What you don’t see much of are solutions for women who face the opposite problem of oversized breasts. While small-breasted women may have a hard time understanding why any woman would complain about big boobs, those who live with them can tell you they come with a long list of problems.

Cosmetic reasons women consider breast reduction surgery

Ample breasts can be a wonderful asset, but they also cause some women to feel:

Beyond these obstacles, large breasts can lead to a number of physical problems that may need medical attention.

Medical reasons women consider breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery can solve all your chest-related wardrobe and social problems, but it can also address some legitimate medical issues as well, such as:

If you’re experiencing any of these large-breast-related problems, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

There are several different techniques when it comes to reducing breast size, so our surgeon discusses your goals and lets you know which surgical method will help you achieve them. 

The most common procedure involves an incision around your areola that continues vertically downward on the underside of your breast. This gives us access to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to reduce the bulk of your breasts. We may also use liposuction to remove larger quantities of fat tissue.

Usually, we can preserve the nerves and blood supply to your nipples when we shift them to a higher position, but if you have extremely large breasts that hang down, we may need to remove your nipples and areolas completely before moving them to their new location, in which case you can expect to lose sensitivity in them.

After your breast reduction surgery, you wear an elastic bandage or surgical bra to reduce movement while you heal. And you may have a small tube in each breast so fluid and blood can drain for a couple of days.

Most people feel bruised and achy for a few days and need to avoid strenuous activity for about a month, but the overall shape and size of your newly reduced breasts should be visible right away.

If you’re interested in a breast reduction, schedule a consultation online or call us today, and stop dealing with the hassle and discomfort of big breasts.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Five Benefits of IV Hydration Therapy

Your body is mostly water, so when your tank runs low you feel the effects all over. You can solve mild depletion by chugging extra water, but serious hydration calls for more efficient measures — IV hydration therapy.

Four Minimally Invasive Ways to Reduce Scars

From minor cuts to major lacerations, any breach can cause a scar. And depending on the size, type, and location, scars can be unsightly, itchy, painful, and limiting. Fortunately, there are ways to diminish your scars and their symptoms.

What to Expect From a Chemical Peel

If you’ve never had a chemical peel, the thought of slathering chemicals on your face may sound scary or even dangerous. But rest assured, it’s a safe and effective way to get brighter, smoother skin. Here’s what to expect.

When to Consider a Neck Lift

Thinking about cosmetic surgery to fix your crepey neck? It’s a big decision and one you shouldn’t make lightly. Take a closer look at neck lifts and some of the reasons you might consider getting one.

Sculpt Your Way to a Better Body

Do you ever wish you could chisel away your body’s bulges like a sculptor carving a statue? You already know diet and exercise can’t do this for you — but truSculpt® can. Here’s how to finally transform your body into a work of art.

Vascular Lesions and Leg Veins? We Can Help

Summer’s coming, and you’ll soon be swapping your jeans and legging for shorts and swimsuits. So, if you have a few unsightly veins on your legs, now is the time to take care of them the safe and painless way — with laser skin rejuvenation.