Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems as well as physical pain or discomfort. For many, this excess tissue impairs the ability to lead an active life. Emotional discomfort and self-consciousness can be just as impactful as the physical aspects of having large breasts. Our qualified SSM Health physicians can answer any questions you may have and help determine what works best for you.
For some, breast reduction surgery – referred to as reduction mammaplasty – is an option in relieving the health and emotional problems associated with oversized breasts. Breast reduction involves a plastic surgeon removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is more in proportion to your body, alleviating any associated discomfort.
Breast Reduction Procedure Candidates
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you:
- Are physically healthy
- Don’t smoke
- Are bothered or uncomfortable with the size of your breasts
- Your physical activity is limited because of large breasts
- Experience back, neck and shoulder pain
- Have skin irritation under your breast crease
- Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
- Have realistic expectations
Breast reduction surgery should help ease your physical limitations and discomfort experienced prior to the reduction. Many patients also experience an enhanced self-image and a boost in self-confidence.
What to Expect from Breast Reduction Surgery
Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow, which could include:
- How to care for your breasts following surgery
- Medications to apply or take orally to reduce the risk of infection and pain
- What to look out for at the surgical site
- When to follow up with your surgeon
It’s crucial to follow these instructions in order to let your body properly heal and to achieve optimal results.
It is important to discuss with your surgeon what to expect during your recovery period. The following questions can be used as a good place to start:
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication(s) will I be given?
- Will I have dressings or bandages? When will they be removed?
- When will stitches be removed?
- When can I resume normal activity?
- When will my follow-up care appointment be?
If you’re interested in having breast reduction surgery or curious about the procedure, our experienced physicians can help you decide what the best option is for you. Find a provider near you and schedule an appointment today.