Breast reduction not only reduces breast size, but it also improves the shape of breasts. The condition of oversized breasts is called breast Hypertrophy. This condition may develop at any time including at puberty and after childbirth. Hypertrophy can cause back pain, bra strap pain, irritation of the skin under the breasts and other problems. Women with very large breasts may have difficulty with physical activities such as jogging or tennis. They may also have problems finding fashionable clothes that fit well. Women from age 14 to 80 have had successful breast reduction surgery. In younger patients, the surgery is performed once breast size has been stable for at least one year. When breast hypertrophy is significant, insurance may cover some or all of the costs of surgery.
WHAT CAUSES BREAST HYPERTROPHY?
Three factors contribute to excessive glandular tissue hypertrophy: excessive amounts of loose skin over the gland and low placement of the nipple areolar complex. Breast reduction surgery corrects all three by reducing the size of the gland, repositioning the nipple and re-shaping the breast.
ABOUT BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Based on your age and breast size, we will choose one of several possible techniques to reposition the nipple. Then a portion of the glandular tissue is removed and the loose skin tightened to support and shape the reduced breast. The resulting scars are located around the nipple and in front of and under the breast in the breast crease.
Reduction Mammoplasty usually is performed on an outpatient basis or with a one-night hospital stay. After surgery, a dressing will be placed around the chest. The dressing will be changed and the drain removed two or three days after surgery. You will wear a soft post-operative bra for three weeks, except when you bathe. You should not wear underwire bras or participate in impact exercises or athletics during this time. You can usually return to your daily routine 10 to 14 days after surgery. Complications from reduction mammoplasty are unusual. Occasionally, there may be a change in nipple sensation, but this is usually temporary.