You might have a great body and are fine with the way you look. Even still, there might be some problems you would like to address. If you are prone to headaches, back and neck pain, as well as a strain on your hips, the problem could be because of your breasts. One way to fix or reduce these inconveniences is with breast reduction surgery, also known as a mammoplasty.
A surgeon will make incisions around the areola of your breast. Once the incision is made, the underlying tissue is reduced, lifted, and shaped accordingly. The surgeon sometimes will use liposuction to remove fat from the breasts in conjunction with other techniques. In some extreme cases, the nipple and areola could be removed. After the surgeon has done his work, he will stitch up the breast.
Should I get breast reduction surgery?
If you feel your breasts are interfering with your quality of life, you should get a breast reduction surgery if:
- You have difficulty engaging in exercise because of the size of your breasts; particularly if you’re overweight as a result of a sedentary lifestyle
- You have trouble standing up straight and your shoulders are hunched or rolled forward
- You experience tingling or numbness in your arms, shoulders, and neck; this could be a sign of nerve damage caused by the weight of your breasts
- You have tried over the counter medication, physical therapy, and other lifestyle changes to ease the discomfort caused by your breasts, but have experienced little relief
- You have developed deep grooves in your shoulders caused by bra straps cutting into the tissue
- You have difficulty finding clothing that fits properly
- Your breasts are significantly droopy, with nipples and areolas that point downward
- You have trouble getting comfortable enough to sleep soundly because of the weight of your breasts
You might not be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you plan to breastfeed your children. If you plan on having children in the future, you should consider postponing the surgery until you area done childbearing.
You might also not want to get breast reduction surgery if you are concerned about scarring. While this effect is minimized as much as possible, the majority of breast reduction surgeries result in visible scars.
The Next Step
If you are interested in breast reduction, have questions or concerns, Dr. Hanemann of Hanemann Plastic Surgery will be able to assist you. Our offices offer other procedures besides breast reduction that could be of use to you. Contact us today to set up your consultation to see if breast reduction is right for you.