Women with very large pendulous breasts may experience varied medical problems, including back and neck pain.
Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Huntington, Long Island NY that specializes in breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) surgery. Minimizing the scars associated with breast reduction surgery has been a goal in plastic surgery for years.
The Lejour, or Vertical Reduction, technique significantly reduces the scars associated with breast reductions and lifts. Breast reductions performed for women experiencing back and shoulder pain from larger breasts are usually covered by insurance. Breast lifts are performed to improve the appearance without removing any breast tissue and are not covered by insurance. Traditionally, both types of surgery left scars around the nipple, down the front of the breast and below the breast. The Vertical Mammaplasty does away with the scar below the breast. This avoids scars on the side or center of the chest where they can be seen in a swim suit or low-cut clothing. It also avoids the pain which may be associated with a heavy scar directly under the bra.
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) removes fat, glandular tissue, and excessive skin, resulting in smaller, lighter and firmer breasts that are better-shaped in proportion to the rest of the body.
Women with very large pendulous breasts may experience varied medical problems including back and neck pain. Also, the weight of large breasts can cause the bra straps to dig into the shoulders leaving groove markings. Large breasts get in the way of physical activities such as running, making exercise and weight loss very difficult if not impossible.
Candidates for Breast Reduction
If your oversized breast cause any of the following, you may be candidate for breast reduction:
- Medical Problems
- Physical or social discomfort
- Low Self-Esteem
- Frustrations related to size
Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are women with oversized breasts that cause medical problems, low self-esteem, physical or social discomfort or frustrations with the size of their breast. Women must not be pregnant or breastfeeding while undergoing this procedure.
It is important for patients to understand the details and risks associated with this procedure, and to have realistic expectations in order to be satisfied with the results of their surgery.
Recovery from Breast Reduction
After the breast reduction procedure, patients will likely experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days. Bandages will be removed after two days and replaced with a surgical bra. Physical activity should be limited for one to two weeks, while exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four weeks.
Patients will return to the doctor to have stitches removed after approximately two to three weeks, at which point most will be able to return to work and other regular activities. It is important to see your doctor for regular follow-up visits to ensure that your breasts are healing properly.
The results of the breast reduction procedure are noticeable immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will continue to fade with time and can usually be concealed by a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top.
If you are interested in learning more about our Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty) Procedure, call 631-424-6707 today to schedule an appointment.