Although breast augmentation procedures have been the most commonly performed plastic surgery since 2006, not every woman wants to have larger breasts. Breasts that are too large for the body can cause physical pain and discomfort. They can also make it difficult for a woman to perform daily activities or exercise. Some women have self-image issues as a result of disproportionately large breasts. In Miami, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ary Krau performs breast reduction procedures to reduce the size of the breast while maintaining a natural shape.
Physical and Emotional Benefits
Reducing the size of the breasts can provide both physical and emotional benefits. For example, the weight of the breasts can cause chronic pain in the back, neck and shoulders of some women. Heavy breasts can also be difficult to support with a bra, meaning that the straps dig into a woman’s skin, causing discomfort and skin rashes.
A reduction procedure can make it easier for a woman to get exercise, reducing her risk for obesity and weight related issues. When the breasts are too large, it is difficult to provide them with adequate support during physical activity, leading to discomfort during exercise and a general unwillingness to be physically active.
When the breasts are too large for the body or out of proportion to a woman’s shape and size, finding shirts and blouses that fit properly can be a struggle. Shopping for clothing is difficult and this is often an unpleasant experience. Having to wear unflattering clothing has a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem. The reduction procedure can make it easier for a woman to find tops that fit as well as bras in the right size.
Considerations Before Surgery
It’s usually recommended that women wait until their breasts have finished developing before undergoing a reduction procedure. Developments or changes in the size of the breasts can undo the effects of the surgery. Dr. Krau recommends that women who are planning on having children after the surgery have a discussion with the surgeon before the procedure. Giving birth and breast feeding can change the shape and size of the breasts in unpredictable ways.
In some cases, a breast lift might also be recommended along with the surgery to reduce size. A lift surgery will elevate the breasts and reduce any sagginess.
To help the recovery after the procedure, a woman should wear a supportive all day, every day, even when going to bed. Dr. Krau recommends steering clear of strenuous activity for about four weeks after the procedure, to give the incisions time to heal. Patients should schedule follow-up appointments to make sure that everything is healing as planned.