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Archive for September, 2010

Relief and Rejuvenation through Breast Reduction

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

For many women, the weight and strain of life is a very literal one, and the cause is heavy breasts. They can bring discomfort to the shoulders and back, affecting posture and even self-esteem.

The good news is that breast reduction is one of the most satisfying procedures in plastic surgery. Customized breast reductions have helped women of all ages feel more comfortable and look slimmer.

What is breast reduction and who are the typical candidates?

There are many different types of breast reductions, but in general, breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from the breast, to lift and shape it. This helps reduce weight from the shoulders and the neck.

Sometimes a patient has breasts that are disproportionate to her figure, making her look heavier than she is. Sometimes the patient’s breasts have grown and deflated through pregnancy and, now with finished child-bearing, she would like to improve their shape and increase their lift. Lastly, sometimes a patient has gained weight as she’s aged, causing her breasts to grow heavier and drop; this can put additional strain on the joints, particularly for those suffering from osteoporosis.

Our Breast Reduction Process

We begin by understanding each patient’s breast history and by performing a thorough physical examination. Depending on a patient’s age and family history, we may request the patient have a pre-operative mammogram.

Then through pamphlets, diagrams and charts, we will review the different types of breast reductions available to the patient. We take photographs of the patient before the procedure, to demonstrate how we will reduce the breasts and lift them.

We also educate the patient– discussing the scars associated with breast reduction. There will be a scar around the areola, a vertical scar down to the crease of the breast and sometimes a scar in the natural crease, hidden by the breast. While these scars typically heal well and fade, there is always a risk of a poor scar, and patients must be aware of it in advance. As always, we use our surgical expertise to help minimize any scarring.

Swift Recovery with Little Discomfort

Patients who have undergone breast reduction recover quickly and with minimal discomfort.

For the first week, patients should avoid heaving lifting, making any extreme arm motions, and should simply concentrate on recovery. But after a week, most patients are back to their normal day-to-date activities, and by the second week, they can begin less strenuous exercise, such as low impact aerobics, the stationary bike, or elliptical training. By week three, patients are typically back to their normal exercise routines.

For patients with heavy, drooped breasts, why suffer with physical discomfort when breast reduction can be a highly effective way to improve your figure and lighten the stresses your neck, back and shoulders experience every day.

Contact us to day for a private consultation, and find out how we can assist you.