What is breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, technically called mammaplasty, reduction reduces the size and volume of large breasts while making them firmer, shapelier, and better proportioned. The reduction process, which includes a breast lift when needed (as it is for most patients), involves removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin along with repositioning the nipple to enhance appearance.
Who is a candidate for breast reduction?
Women who suffer from neck, shoulder, or back pain due to large heavy breasts are perfect candidates for breast reduction surgery. So are women who limit their physical activity due to the weight and size of their breasts. And, finally, women whose large breasts make them self-conscious also benefit greatly from reduction surgery.
We typically recommend that younger patients wait until their breasts are fully developed before choosing breast reduction surgery, as well as women who intend to have children or lose a significant amount of weight. Optimal timing is a topic to discuss with Clareo surgeons.
Benefits of breast reduction
Simply stated, breast reduction can dramatically improve your health, comfort and self-confidence. While each woman’s reasons for considering breast reduction are unique, you can expect:
- Breasts in better proportion to your body
- Relief from neck, back, and shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
- Freedom to participate comfortably in physical activity
- No more skin irritation and indentations from bra straps
- Self-confidence gained from looking and feeling your best
- Nipples that point ahead, not down
- Symmetrical breasts
Preview your results
Clareo offers our patients the opportunity to preview their results through 3D simulation using Crisalix software.
Recovery and results
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure, so you will be able to return home the day of your surgery. Make sure you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you the evening of surgery. After your surgery, your incisions will be dressed, and you will be required to wear a surgical support bra 24 hours a day, except when showering, for the first three to four weeks. Although you will need to limit strenuous activity for three to four weeks, you should be able to return to work within a week or two.