If there are women who wish to have breast enlargement surgery, there are also those who need or want breast reduction. Breast reduction involves the removal of excess skin, fat and glandular tissue to reduce the breasts to their more natural size.
Many women feel the burden of having heavy breasts and this is the only way that can alleviate the pressure and the pain that they experience.
Find out if you are the best candidate for this procedure and understand what kind of preparation and decision you need to make for the operation to be successful.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Some women are happy having large breasts but there are times when they begin to cause discomfort and pain.
- When your breasts are abnormally large for your body size – You will begin to experience chronic neck, back or shoulder pain because of the added burden on your muscles and bones. You will begin to slouch and hunch your back because of the excessive weight on your front.
- When the heavy weight of your breasts leave deep shoulder indentations from bra straps.
- When you experience skin irritation beneath the breasts – Many people are under the misconception that breast reduction is purely an aesthetic necessity. What they do not know is heavy and large breasts can often cause skin irritation underneath the breasts when the folds of skin keep rubbing off against each other. Sometimes, when you have to wear a support bra all the time, there is a tendency for your bra to cut against the skin too.
- When there is a considerable size difference between breasts. There are women who experience having one breast bigger than the other and when that difference becomes too noticeable or too significant, then you may decide to have a breast reduction to balance out the proportions.
Consultation with Our Cosmetic Surgeon
If you feel that any of the above conditions affect you, then your next step is to have a consultation with one of our highly experienced cosmetic surgeons.
During the examination, you should expect that the surgeon will evaluate your breasts, take some measurements, inspect their shape and elasticity and possibly take some photographs for medical reference.
Here, you have the freedom to ask the cosmetic surgeon anything related to the procedure that you want to undergo. The surgeon will discuss the procedure, risks and complications.
Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery
Your cosmetic surgeon will give you a few instructions in preparation for your surgery. During your pre-operative screening with our nurse, she will give you full instructions on how to prepare for surgery.
Someone who can take you home from the hospital and help you out for more than a couple of days while you recuperate from the operation is advisable.
Undergoing Breast Reduction
At Canova Medical, all surgical procedures are carried out in hospitals with fully accredited and authorised medical personnel, complete with all the necessary facilities and equipment to ensure your safety and success of the operation.
Breast reduction surgery can be considered a more complicated procedure compared to breast augmentation. In most cases, the doctor will require three incisions. The first will be around the circumference of the areola. The second will run vertically from the areola to the breast crease. The third incision will be under the breast, following the natural curve of the breast crease.
Through these incisions, the cosmetic surgeon will be able to remove the excess skin and then subsequently reshape and reattach the folds of skin to reflect a firmer and smaller breast. Even the nipple and the areola will be moved to their new position on the breast. A reduction of the areola may be necessary to create better proportions.