For many people, large breasts are associated with attractiveness and femininity. However, women that live with overly large breasts understand that it can impact your life in a negative way. They can lead to chronic back and neck pain, impacting your ability to live an active lifestyle. In addition, breasts that are extremely large may make you self-conscious and impact your self-esteem. At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we perform breast reduction procedures to help women eliminate the issues associated with overly large breasts.
Breast reduction is a procedure performed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts. The procedure will also lift the breasts to eliminate sagging or drooping. This can have a lot of benefits, including:
- A reduction in chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain
- Improved physical comfort
- Improved ability to exercise and engage in athletic activities
- A more proportional body contour
- Improved clothing fit
- A more positive body image
- Improved self esteem
Breast reduction comes with one of the highest rates of satisfaction among patients because they experience a drastic improvement in their quality of life. This makes a breast reduction one of the best options for women with large breasts.
In general, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you experience one or more of the following issues:
- Chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain
- Grooving in your shoulders from bra straps
- Numbness caused by stretching of your breast skin
- Discomfort while exercising
- Difficulty participating in athletic activities
- Chafing or irritation of the skin beneath your breasts
- Poor posture caused by the weight of your breasts
- Difficulty finding accommodating clothing
- Feelings of self-consciousness due to the size of your breasts
- Unwanted attention focused on your breasts
Certain lifestyle factors can impact whether it is the right time to undergo breast reduction. For example, if you are planning on having children in the near future, you should discuss these plans with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir during your consultation. While future pregnancies will not rule you out as a breast reduction candidate, difficulty breastfeeding is common after breast reduction surgery and breast changes can necessitate further surgery.
Although a breast reduction procedure is straightforward, there are some options to discuss with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir during your consultation.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir typically perform breast reduction using Wise Pattern incisions, which involve an incision around the nipple areolar complex, a vertical incision from the areola to the inframammary crease, and a horizontal incision within the inframammary crease. This results in an anchor scar which typically heals very well and fades over time. The resulting thin lines are not usually visible in clothing, including most swimwear. Other incision types exist, however, and you will discuss the best options for you during a consultation.
Traditionally, a breast reduction procedure focuses on removing fat and glandular tissue from the breasts. However, because of stretched skin and sagging, a breast lift always accompanies the breast reduction procedure. This helps to lift the breasts into a more upright and perky position, as well as repositioning the nipple and areolae if they point downwards. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can recommend the right combination procedure based on your unique anatomy and goals for a breast reduction.
You will notice results immediately after your breast reduction procedure, especially after swelling begins to subside in the weeks after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medications to manage pain and swelling. Most patients are able to return to work or social activities within a week, although this can vary based on your unique procedure and anatomy. It will take time for your final results to emerge as swelling goes down and your breasts settle into their natural state— most patients see their final results within 3-6 months.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons have over 20 years of experience in achieving excellent breast surgery results and can help you through every step of the breast reduction process. We understand the great impact that large breasts can have on you and your lifestyle, so Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can help you achieve the body you feel most comfortable in. To get started on discussing your options for breast reduction in Phoenix, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.