Benefits of breast reduction surgery

Without a doubt, breast augmentation surgery is the one of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries. However, even when a big-sized, firm, rounded breast may be nirvana for many patients, those who have naturally “big sized” breasts beyond the ideal “normal” point may suffer from not only an aesthetic concern but also from physical problems as well.

What’s a “normal size” is not a matter of just trend or aesthetic considerations but also something related to proportion, hence the same breast size will look and feel different on a tall, heavy woman than on a petite one with a narrower body frame. Thus, when talking about breast reduction surgery, many considerations and concerns are taken into account and not just the breast size and proportion related to the torso and position.

Since big, heavier breasts tend to apply extra pressure over mammary gland supporting tissue, it’s usual to find big sized breasts associated with mammary ptosis, which means breasts are out of their usual position. Often, this is evident when the nipples and areolas are pointing downwards or when the distance between the clavicle and the upper side of the areola is larger than 10 cm.

In addition to the aforementioned, many big sized breasted women complain about neck and back pain due to the extra weight while some others show limited physical activity because of the breast size and their inertial movement during sports.

When one or more of the above conditions occurs, a big breast size is far from being desirable and is a problem instead; moreover, patients suffering from breast hypertrophy, as this condition is clinically known, may limit their social interactions, the way they dress and even their sexual behavior due to breast size.

Then is when plastics surgeons come into play to assert expertise. Dr. Jan Garcia says: “It’s not a matter of just big or small breast size. Everything is about a patient feeling great with what she (or he) has” and that includes not only the shape and size but also the absence of physical discomfort.

When facing a breast reduction surgery there are many aspects to keep in mind such as patient’s age, number of children, intentions to breastfeed in the future, previous mammary gland problems and so on. When required, other specializations such as Rehab Medicine and Orthopedic consultations are requested in order to evaluate the impact of breast size on the patient’s biomechanics and hence plan the proper reduction surgery for each particular case.

Once both patient and surgeon have agreed to perform the surgery, incision patterns as well final volume are discussed. Depending of initial breast volume, presence of ptosis and other variables, a donut, keyhole, or anchor incision will be performed for the reduction; larger amounts of breast tissue that need to be removed require carefully precise procedures so scars are minimal and all efforts are made to keep them as hidden as possible.

After surgery some drainages are placed to evacuate exudates until the wounds have healed and afterwards with breast augmentation specifically, support and shaping devices are required for a period of time until breasts have achieved their final shape and volume.

After surgery recuperation, changes on patient’s life are immediate! They change the way they dress, how they interact with peers, and when the discomfort is over they start to do activities they haven’t done for a long time.

At the end of the day, after breast reduction surgery, not only the patient’s body aesthetic has been enhanced but also their overall quality of life.