Neck and back pain, bra strap indentations on the shoulders and general discomfort are all unfortunate realities for women who have exceptionally large, heavy breasts. Oversized breasts can make a woman feel self-conscious and embarrassed as well as physically uncomfortable. Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure during which the breasts are made smaller, lighter and more proportionate to the body.*
The breast reduction procedure begins with an incision, which is made around the areola, the dark circle of skin surrounding the nipple, and below the natural curve of the breast. Next, excess fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed and the remaining skin is tightened around the newly contoured breast.* The procedure may take up to three hours and is performed under anesthesia on an outpatient basis.*
Although swelling, temporary bruising, and some pain is likely, these side effects diminish and disappear as the breasts heal.*
*Results and patient experience may vary.