breast reduction

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction helps resolve back and neck pain due to a larger breast size.

Breast Reduction

Not every woman wants larger, fuller breasts. In fact, many women who naturally have a more generous breast size may experience problems such as back pain. Women with large breasts also may feel self-conscious about their figure. A breast reduction can create a more balanced breast contour that will work in harmony with the rest of your frame, and can decrease back/neck pain associated with large breasts.

Contact us online today to learn more about your options for breast reduction. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic surgery.

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Benefits of Breast Reduction

The most beautiful breast enhancement results are those that help you feel beautiful and confident. Some women find that large breasts can feel heavy and uncomfortable, causing back and neck pain. As a result, a woman may avoid exercise and other physical activities due to discomfort. In these cases, breast reduction surgery may relieve pain and help a woman engage more fully in physical activities. Women may also choose breast reduction to restore symmetry to their figure if one breast is much larger than the other.

It is not uncommon for women with overly large breasts to feel self-conscious. Similarly, men who experience breast growth (gynecomastia) may deal with significant physical and emotional issues. Male breast reduction is a positive solution for men who are concerned or embarrassed about the appearance of their chest.

Understanding the Procedure

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is very similar to a breast lift. In fact, the two procedures are sometimes combined to create breasts that are smaller and have a higher, more youthful placement.

Breast reduction requires 2 to 3 incisions: one around the areola, one that runs vertically from the areola to the base of the breast, and often one underneath the breast (inframammary incision). These incisions allow the surgeon easy access to the excess skin, fat, and other tissue. Some patients who need to have less breast tissue removed may be eligible for a vertical reduction without the inframammary incision for reduced scarring.

In some cases, liposuction also may be used to remove excess fat along the chest wall and sides of the breasts as part of a breast reduction. However, since the breasts are made of both fatty and glandular tissue, this approach may not be right for every woman. After excess skin and tissue are removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a new, higher position on the breast. If necessary, the areola can also be reduced at this time. Finally, your surgeon reshapes the natural curves and contours of the breasts. The incisions are sutured closed and you are set to begin your recovery.

Results and Recovery

Most of our Texas breast reduction patients experience some initial discomfort after their breast reduction. The chest area may feel tight and restricted at first, but ice packs or cold compresses can help to keep swelling down. You should notice a change in your appearance immediately. As healing continues, your final results will become more visible. Most patients are able to return to work about two weeks after surgery.

A breast reduction from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can resolve the discomfort that comes with overly large breasts. Most patients also feel less self-conscious about their figure, and more positive about their appearance.