Having overly large breasts can be a literal pain. Their weight can cause neck and back pain. Their size can lead to avoiding social situations. And while many women today are opting for larger breasts with augmentation surgery, women with really large natural breasts often wish they could have smaller breasts.
Dr. Saltz performs breast reduction surgery to make a woman’s breasts more proportional with the rest of her figure.
Why would a woman want to reduce her breast size?
To a woman with smaller breasts than she would like, it can seem counterintuitive for someone to want smaller breasts. But the fact is overly large breasts can be difficult to deal with. The weight alone can cause back and neck pain, even leading to a hunched posture. Bra straps dig into the skin. The breasts can keep a woman from participating in certain types of exercise. And the undue attention they attract can make a woman avoid social situations.
What is breast reduction?
Reduction surgery with Dr. Saltz is known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. The goal is to make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the figure and to eliminate any discomfort they cause. Breast reduction can feel like a burden has been lifted from a woman and change her overall outlook.
How is the procedure done?
Dr. Saltz usually makes an “anchor” incision with reduction surgery. This incision circles the nipple-areolar complex, drops down vertically from the nipple to the crease at the bottom of the breast, and then extends horizontally along the bottom of the breast. Depending on the amount of skin that needs to be excised, he may not have to extend the incision along the breast crease, an incision known as a “lollipop” incision.
After making the incision, Dr. Saltz removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. If the nipples are very large, he will reduce their size and move them to a higher position on the breasts. Liposuction may also be used if the breasts have a good deal of fatty tissue.
What is recovery like?
After reduction surgery, the patient will wear a surgical bra to decrease swelling and support the breasts. After the initial week, a support bra will need to be worn 24 hours a day for at least one month. There will be some pain for the first three to four days, but it is manageable with pain medication. Most women can return to work within a week, and can get back to most normal activities within one month. Strenuous exercise, particularly jogging or aerobics, will probably need to wait six weeks.
If you feel exhausted by the burden of your large breasts, reduction surgery with our team at Saltz Plastic Surgery can change your life. Please give us a call in our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, to schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery.