Overly large breasts can be a literal and figurative burden. This may seem like going against the norm in today’s society, where breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and growing in numbers every year. But when a woman’s natural breasts are very large, they can be very heavy and present an outsize impact on day-to-day life.
Why would a woman want to reduce her breast size?
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.
How is the procedure done?
Dr. Saltz usually makes an “anchor” incision 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. This incision is necessary to access the amount of tissue needed. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are then removed. If the nipples are very large, Dr. Saltz may reduce their size and then move them upward to match the smaller, higher breasts. Dr. Saltz may include liposuction 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. Most patients can return to work in five days and resume most activities within one month. Strenuous exercise, particularly jogging or aerobics will probably need to wait six weeks. As with all procedures, Dr. Saltz will discuss your particular recovery with you in detail.
Are you tired of the burden of your large breasts? Maybe breast reduction surgery with Dr. Saltz could change your life. Call us at either our Park City or Salt Lake City offices to schedule a consultation.