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Breast Reduction: When Less is More

Breast size is an issue with just as many practical considerations as aesthetic ones for the many women who live life with breasts that are much bigger than body proportions would suggest. In fact, the condition has a medical definition. Suffering from macromastia or gigantomastia is more common and more troublesome than those who don’t know it firsthand can imagine.

Women with over-large breasts experience neck, back, and shoulder pain, and often are limited – to some extent – in leading an active life. In some cases, insurance coverage may include benefits for breast reduction because of the practical, physical difficulties that are often involved.

Aesthetic considerations are just as real, because body image and self-esteem are so closely linked. The effects of living with breasts that are uncomfortably large can limit a person’s whole outlook.

The Solutions Are Compassionate

An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon has mastered several approaches to breast reduction, so the technique that best suits the unique concerns, objectives, and characteristics of the patient can be selected. Skin, fat, and breast tissues are reduced and reshaped, using one of at least three incision patterns, depending on the size and shape of the breasts, and the unique patient goals to be achieved. In some cases, the ligaments that suspend the breasts are shortened if they have been overstretched.

In addition to reducing and reshaping breast tissue, the nipple and areola with their underlying blood supply and glandular connections are re-positioned so that their location makes sense with the new contour of the breasts.

When to Consider Breast Reduction

When breast size causes persistent discomfort, interferes with active enjoyment of life or work, or when it brings down one’s outlook or expectations from life, then conferring with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon makes sense to find out exactly what your options are for relief.

Weight gain or reduction, childbearing, breastfeeding, and other changes we encounter in the course of life all have an effect on breast size and profile. It is not unusual for a woman to have breast reduction surgery in her 20s and then revisit the procedure again many years later, after these life events have unfolded. It may be a good idea to consider these possibilities when scheduling a breast reduction procedure. But suffering longer than necessary is not a good idea, and it is never too soon to consult a plastic surgeon and find out more about the solutions that are available to you.

We have helped many women find freedom and comfort that they once thought was out of reach, through careful, considerate, individual attention to their unique situations, concerns and goals.

We would consider it a privilege to have a conversation like that with you. Just call us at 888-920-2090 or request a complimentary breast reduction consultation.

By | 2017-03-09T17:08:34+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Breast Reduction|0 Comments

About the Author:

Drs. Joel Shanklin, Meghan McGovern, and Michael Huntly are some of the most renowned reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgeons in the Savannah, GA, region.

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