Reducing Your Breasts

Breast augmentation is a growing procedure. Beyond the pun, it continues to the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S.

When so many women are opting to augment their breasts, it could seem counterintuitive for someone to want to downsize her breasts. But for some women their breasts become a literal burden. They cause back and neck pain, chafing, they attract far too much attention, and they can be a limitation in life. For these women, smaller breasts are the goal.

Breast reduction surgery with Dr. Smith can do exactly that and make life a whole lot easier.

Would you be right for reduction surgery?

Very large breasts can be more than just a bother. The excess weight can cause back and neck pain and damage. Bra straps dig into the shoulders. Finding clothing can be difficult. Overly large breasts can become a hindrance when pursuing certain sports and exercise routines. And because large breasts can attract a lot of attention from men, they can make some women with very large breasts shun social interaction.

Breast reduction surgery is known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts.

How is breast reduction performed?

The goal of breast reduction surgery with Dr. Smith is to lighten, make smaller, lift, and re-shape the breasts. As with most cosmetic surgeries, every case is unique, but Dr. Smith usually opts to make an “anchor” incision around the nipple-areolar complex. The incision extends vertically below the nipple down to the breast crease and then horizontally along the bottom crease of the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired position and excess tissue and fat are removed. The entire procedure usually takes from two to four hours.

Sometimes, Dr. Smith can minimize scarring by using liposuction to remove the excess fat in the breasts. Obviously, this option is only a possibility if a woman has a good deal of fatty tissue in her breasts. Women with more glandular breasts cannot have liposuction alone.

Recovery

Patients usually return home the same day of the surgery. A surgical bra will need to be worn for a couple weeks to provide support and decrease swelling, and a bra must be worn 24 hours a day for four to six weeks. During this same period, you’ll need to refrain from running, aerobic exercise, or other strenuous exercise. Swelling can persist for up to eight weeks, and a patient’s final results won’t be fully realized until six months after surgery.

Tired of having overly large breasts? Maybe 2021 is the year to do something about them. Call Dr. Smith at (843) 823-6913 and set up a consultation for breast reduction.

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