- Physical pain and discomfort in the neck, back and shoulders cause by large breasts
- Impairment or restriction of activity due to large breasts
- Enlarged areolae caused by stretched skin of large breasts
- Self-consciousness due to disproportionately large breasts
Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in better proportion to a woman’s body. It may also reposition and reduce the size of the areolae that may result from stretching of the skin over time. Breast reduction surgery alleviates discomfort caused by large breasts along with enhancing body image and self confidence.
For many breast reduction patients, the procedure is considered breast reconstruction and may be covered by health insurance.
Under a general anesthesia, breast reduction is most commonly performed through incisions, with the pattern dictated by the amount of tissue and skin to be removed and the quality of skin elasticity. During the breast lift procedure, underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Most incision lines are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, some are visible on the breast surface. Although permanent, incision lines and scars usually fade and improve over time.