The size of a woman’s breasts is largely influenced by genetics. However, body composition can also affect breast size by increasing the amount of fatty tissue around the mammary glands and other breast tissues. Some women also experience a long-term change in the size and profile of their breasts after being pregnant or breastfeeding.
Women with overly large breasts sometimes experience different forms of chronic discomfort. On a more mundane level, large breasts can cause periodic aches when sleeping or performing certain athletic activities such as long-distance running.
Large breasts can also start to gradually affect a woman’s posture, leading to chronic discomfort in the neck, shoulders and upper back. Over time, persistent aches and pains can even have a negative impact on quality of life.
At our practice, we have a long-standing reputation for helping women address breast size and discomfort issues. If you have been struggling with chronic discomfort related to large breasts, our team might recommend a breast reduction procedure.
Also known as a mammaplasty, the treatment is often performed in a single outpatient appointment, which requires full sedation. During the procedure, our team will use a calculated incision strategy tailored to the size of your breasts and your overall goals for the reduction.
A small amount of fatty tissue and other breast tissues will then be carefully removed. A small amount of skin may also need to be extracted to compensate for the decreased volume of tissue in the area. In many of these cases, our team might also be able to adjust the size, shape and position of the areola.
The skin of each breast will then be sutured to effectively tighten your breasts while also serving to lift your breast profile.
Our team will provide you with any necessary preparation and recovery instructions, which will likely include a recommended week off from work and avoiding strenuous activities. Arranging for a ride home after the breast reduction procedure is imperative, and wearing loose-fitting clothes that day will help you be comfortable and safe.
In some cases where a significant volume of breast tissue is removed, our team will need to insert a drainage tube to remove postoperative fluids and address minor bleeding. If so, we will provide you with any necessary care and cleaning instructions.
If you have been struggling with chronic discomfort and inconvenience related to overly large breasts, we invite you to call our team today to schedule a breast reduction consultation at our clinic.