There is a lot of information out there about breast augmentations to help women increase their bust size. One of the most common consultations in every plastic surgeon’s office is for a breast augmentation. But, what about those women who have already been blessed, or maybe cursed, with large breasts? Not just large breasts, but extremely large breasts that weigh heavily on a woman’s back and shoulders. Is there a procedure out there to help these women? Absolutely! Plastic surgeons can help women decrease their bust size, lift the breasts back to their normal position and give women back their figure and their confidence.
Physical Problems That Can Occur When You Have Large Breasts
If you have small breasts, you may think it’s crazy that a woman would want to reduce their breast size. You have probably been praying for something bigger than an A cup since middle school, so what is the problem with these women who have been blessed with DD or DDD cups! Unfortunately, there is a flip side to having ample breasts. Women experience both physical and emotional difficulties associated with large breasts. Here are some physical effects that large breasts cause:
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Rashes under the folds of the breasts
- Breast pain
- Hunched back and shoulders
Sometimes you can find some simple solutions to help alleviate the issues, such as finding the right bra that fits properly and has enough support, losing weight, or by visiting a dermatologist for medicated cream for the rash, but a lot of times, doing those things is not enough.
Emotional Problems That Can Occur When You Have Large Breasts
Women begin getting breasts around the age of 12. If a girl is genetically predisposed to have large breasts, they may begin to have issues as early as their teen years. Finding clothes that fit properly, bras that support when participating in gym or athletic games and looking different from the other girls can weigh heavily on their minds and cause a decrease in self-esteem. This often follows them into adulthood, where depression and anxiety set in. In their emotional distress, women tend to become recluse, overweight and self-conscious.
What Is A Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction removes fatty tissue and skin from the breast, decreasing the size and weight of each breast. The breasts are shaped to be proportionate to the body and can be lifted to their natural position if they have become saggy due to weight or age. Breast reductions are an out-patient procedure and very common. Your surgeon will make an incision around the areola (dark spot around the nipple) and then extend the incision down the middle of the breast and around the bottom.
Once the incision is made, the tissue and skin is removed and the nipple is repositioned. Your surgeon may use liposuction to remove extra fat cells in combination with removing the tissue. The surgeon will stitch the breasts together creating newly shaped breasts. You will have scars from your incision but they will be easy to cover with a bra or bikini top. Over time, the scars will fade and be much less noticeable. The results will be immediate and long-lasting.
Who Should Get A Breast Reduction?
If you are not sure that a breast reduction is for you, take a look at some things that a plastic surgeon will look for during a consultation:
- You are physically healthy
- You don’t smoke
- You have breasts that limit your physical activity
- You get indentions on your shoulders from your bra straps
- You suffer from depression or anxiety and your feelings are related to your breast size
- You experience constant pain in your back, shoulders or breasts
- You have continuous rashes under the breast folds
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of your breast reduction
To know for sure if you are a good candidate for a breast reduction, visit a plastic surgeon for a consultation. The surgeon will be able to discuss your specific situation, your health history and your goals to determine if you are ready for the procedure. Just like with any plastic surgery procedure, you will want to find a surgeon you can trust. When looking for a surgeon, be sure to find someone who is board-certified and who has plenty of experience in performing breast reductions.
Dr. Huddleston has been providing exceptional surgical skill and customer service to the Tri-Cities for over two decades. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Huddleston for your breast reduction.