What is breast reduction?
Women who are large-breasted may experience back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, rashes and skin irritation, grooving of bra straps into the shoulders, numbness in the fingertips, and posture problems. Difficulty with performing everyday tasks such as childcare, physical exercise and recreational activities may also present a problem. A negative body image can take its toll emotionally as well.
Breast reduction surgery helps lighten the breasts and improve on physical symptoms, with removal of excessive breast tissue and lifting of the nipple. The goal is to improve form and function. Incisions associated with breast reduction range from under the breast, to peri-areolar, to “lollipop,” to “anchor” shaped incisions, depending on presentation and patient tolerance for scarring. Breast reduction surgery may be combined with abdominoplasty or liposuction to rejuvenate and improve the overall contour of the torso.
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
Women who pursue breast reduction present from their teens to their sixties, and are preferably in good physical and mental health and are non-smokers. Breast development should be complete at the time of consultation for teenagers. These women aim to resolve functional issues which may be documented by their primary care provider. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak breast reduction options most applicable to you, considering your goals for ultimate breast size after surgery. Surgery is customized to your desires and needs.