The Basics of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery

Many women elect to undergo breast reduction surgery for a variety of reasons. They may be experiencing backaches, neck pain, or numbness in the hands and fingers because of their larger breasts. What’s more, women with large breasts may find it challenging to exercise, swim, play sports and even fit into certain clothing. Having large breasts can be uncomfortable and painful due to grooves from their bra straps brought on by the excess weight.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to consider breast reduction surgery, a common procedure that minimizes the size of very large breasts and vastly improves a woman’s quality of life. Perhaps your large breasts run in the family, or maybe you’re postpartum, overweight or have disproportionate breasts.

Whatever the reason, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction procedure if you’re in good overall health and have the right amount of skin elasticity to bounce back to its former tautness after the procedure. You should also have a positive attitude and realistic expectations about the surgery outcome.

A breast reduction procedure is performed while you are under general anesthesia by removing extra fat cells and tissue from the breast and trimming away the excess skin to provide a lift to the area. The nipple will sometimes be repositioned, but this isn’t usually done as much as it once was.  Breast reduction surgery takes between three to four hours and is typically done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to recover at home the same day. As you recover, you will be required to wear a compression bandage or special surgical bra for several weeks. You will experience some swelling and bruising, which will subside gradually in the coming weeks.

You don’t have to live with numbness and pain caused by having large breasts. Breast reduction surgery is a viable method to relieve your discomfort and improve your quality of life.

If you are ready considering breast reduction surgery, schedule a consultation today by giving us a call at (617) 632-7369. Dr. Lin is equipped with advanced knowledge and the ability to give you the best results.

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