Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction): An Overview.
A Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) is a recommended procedure for the physical issues that large, heavy breasts can cause women. Women with very large breasts commonly suffer from poor posture, resulting in neck and back pain. This can limit their physical activity levels.
In addition, severe skin irritation may occur as infections or rashes develop in the folds underneath the breasts or the indentations from bra straps. The breast reduction procedure may be used to match reconstructed breasts following mastectomy. In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr Lim or Dr Somia, optimal surgical results in the reduction of your breast size are achieved virtually overnight. Dr Lim and Dr Somia will talk with you about the benefits you are likely to experience with reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) surgery and will also speak with you about your expectations.
Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess skin, fatty and breast tissue, adjusting the balance between your breast size and your body. Following the removal of the breast tissue, the nipples and areolas are then repositioned so that they suit the new size and shape of the breasts. The breast reduction surgical procedure can be performed at over the age of 18 after breast development has completed. However, repositioning of the nipples may result in the inability to breastfeed – this point should be taken into account by women who plan to have children. As weight loss will affect the size and also the shape of the breasts, you would also be advised to maintain your weight at a stable level prior to your procedure. During your breast reduction consultation Dr Lim/Dr Somia will discuss in detail your optimal breast size and shape as well as the outcome after having this procedure.
Please note that it is extremely difficult to accurately predict the future effects of weight loss, pregnancy and ageing on your breast size and shape. Your breasts will continue to be affected by these factors and others following your procedure.