Are you exhausted from the weight of breasts that are too large? Do you have painful grooves in your shoulders from bra straps, or pain in your upper back and shoulders caused by the weight of your breasts? Does your body look top-heavy and not proportionate? If so, a breast reduction procedure can alleviate those and many other concerns. Those in the Tuscaloosa area can undergo cosmetic procedures with confidence at Menard Plastic Surgery, located conveniently in Tuscaloosa and led by Dr. John Menard, an esteemed plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is an enhancement procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Large breasts can cause physical pain including neck pain, shoulder pain and shoulder grooving, as well as emotional and social anxiety. Women who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.
Why Should I Consider Breast Reduction?
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
- Sagging breasts produced by their large size
- Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversize breasts
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
- Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts
What is the Breast Reduction Procedure Like?
Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast. The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned in a higher position . The excess skin is also removed providing a significant lift. Different types of breast reduction procedures can be utilized. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Can I Combine Breast Reduction with Other Procedures?
Yes. Many of our patients choose to combine breast reduction with liposuction, tummy tuck or other procedures to produce a more comprehensive improvement. At Menard Plastic Surgery, we strive to help you achieve your total aesthetic goal by recommending procedures that complement one another to help you address various concerns in one treatment session.
What Can I Expect After a Breast Reduction?
Generally, post-operative instructions call for restriction of some aggressive activities, in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Patients are usually able to return to a light duty job in 5–7 days. Pain is well controlled with oral pain medicine. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.
Breast reduction surgery results in significant changes to your body. Patients are pleased with the improvement of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
If you live in the Tuscaloosa area and want to reduce the size and weight of your breasts,Menard Plastic Surgery, located conveniently in Tuscaloosa and led by Dr. John Menard, offers breast reduction to women with excessively large breasts.