Whilst breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure, it may be surprising to know that breast reduction surgery is on the rise too. Bilateral reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) can relieve symptoms from disproportionate breast size and weight, known as symptomatic hypermastia.
Breast reduction surgery can help women who:
• Have overly large breasts
• If the size of the breasts are disproportionate to the rest of the body
• Are experiencing back and neck pain from the weight of the breast tissue
• Have poor posture
• Suffer from shoulder grooving from bra straps
While some women want their breasts enlarged, many women actually want their breasts reduced. Having a larger-than-average breast size might be envied by other women but they can be distressing for someone to live with. Not only can large breasts appear disproportionate and make a woman feel uncomfortable, but they can affect your health too. Severe back pain, neck and shoulder aches are the most common health problems that come with overly large breasts, not to mention a heavy and sore breast too.
Large breasts can also affect sporting activities such as running or any activity that involves a lot of movement, as they can pull down on the chest and cause aches and pain. A breast reduction provides a solution to this problem and aims to relieve the body of health issues whilst giving you more natural sized breasts that are proportionate to the rest of your body. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue, bringing the breasts to a more manageable size, providing a more youthful and rounded shape, and boosting a patient’s confidence.
Bilateral reduction mammoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic. An incision is made around the nipple, down to the bottom of the breast and along the crease underneath. Excess breast tissue is then removed and the nipples will be stitched back into their new position before the skin is re-draped and the incisions are closed. When re-draping the skin, any previous markings may be covered but again, stretch marks and scars tend to fade over time.
Post-surgery, you will need to recover from the anaesthetic which can require a stay in the hospital overnight. After surgery, you should wear a support bra to stop the weight of the breasts from pulling on the chest and the wound, which could slow down the healing process. You can return to work after about two weeks, but you should avoid any strenuous activity such as exercise, for about 6 weeks.
You will have a scar scarring in the breast crease will be easily hidden; scars will fade overtime goal for most patients the scarring from bilateral reduction mammoplasty is favoured for smaller, lighter breasts and resolved health concerns.
Breast reduction surgery in some cases can be combined with a breast lift to further benefit the patient. As we age, and after pregnancy, the breasts can sag, droop or lose their shape. Mastopexy is a form of breast surgery which addresses this issue and lifts up the breast while also re-shaping it into its new position.
There are psychological benefits to breast reduction surgery too; improving the patient's quality of life and self-esteem. Research has shown that mammoplasty is the most satisfying procedure, as it is a life-changing procedure for many women.
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