Large breasts are not just aesthetically unappealing but can also lead to a lot of functional problems including neck and back pain. This condition, called macromastia, is when either breast weighs more than 500 gm. Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is aimed at reducing the size and reshaping the huge sized breasts. This will not just produce an aesthetically appealing figure for the person but also help relieve problems like neck and back pain.
Indications - When should you have a breast reduction?
1. There is constant back, shoulder, head, and/or neck pain.
2. Constant irritation of skin under the breasts & sometimes skin infections.
4. Grooves on the shoulders from bra straps.
5. Poor posture.
6. Numbness in parts of the breasts and upper chest due to excessive weight.
7. Unhappy with the overall appearance.
While these are the problems that mandate breast reduction, the following is a pointer towards who can go for the surgery. Needless to say, not everybody is a candidate.
1. The person should have overall good health.
2. No active diseases or uncontrolled pre-existing medical conditions.
3. Skin has adequate elasticity and can resume a firm consistency after the surgery.
4. Emotional and mental stability.
5. Have realistic expectations from the surgery.
Overview of the procedure:
It is most often a combination of liposuction and gland reduction. Liposuction forms a small part of the procedure and it is the gland reshaping that actually reduces the size. There are many ways to do it. Different plastic surgeons may prefer different techniques depending on the size of the breast, quality of the skin, and expectation of the patient. The two most common ways are one in which the final scars lie around the areola and vertically downwards and the other in which the scar is anchor-shaped with an additional horizontal limb along the breast crease under the breast.
To achieve the best-desired results, the first step is to have a detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon. A thorough physical examination followed by mammographic evaluation will help arrive at the best possible technique. Along with the desired results, also discuss side effects, limitations, risks, postoperative care, recovery, and of course costs. Other factors are also to be considered including age, gestational history, feeding history, medication allergies, and detailed medical history including bleeding disorders, lung disorders, cardiac issues, etc.
A decision is then finally made to go ahead with breast reduction, which will not just improve her looks but also her confidence and relieve her of problems of backache and neck pain.