Breast reduction journey
Shivani Patel, Priti P. Patel, MD
A breast reduction can provide significant benefits to women– both medically and cosmetically. Whatever the reason may be for this procedure, the goal of plastic surgeons like Dr. Priti Patel is to provide patients with the best experience and results possible. A breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, tissue and skin, which ultimately reduces your breast size to be more proportionate with your body.
Why Breast Reduction?
There are many reasons that women might wish to reduce the size of their breasts. It is important to understand that for many women, large breasts aren’t just an aesthetic issue, but also a health concern. Large breasts can cause chronic discomfort or pain in the shoulders, neck and back. Large breasts can cause irritation of the skin on the underside of the breasts, resulting in rashes, and they can also cause upper extremity numbness, tingling and headaches.
Reducing the weight of the breast tissue and shifting it upward works to help improve your posture and lessen the tension and pressure from your bra straps on your shoulders and neck.
There are also cosmetic reasons why some might wish to get a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery gives women the option to have their breasts reshaped into a size and shape that they are more comfortable with, helping to increase their body self-confidence.
During & After the Surgery:
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that, on average, takes about three to four hours. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient is able to return home the same day of surgery. After the procedure, you’ll return home in a surgical bra with your breasts bandaged. There will be some pain and discomfort for the first few days after the surgery, which can be controlled through medications such as tylenol.
Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest rates of satisfaction of all cosmetic procedures. It can relieve pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders, increase your ability to participate in physical activities, and promote a more positive self-image.The difference in the quality of women’s lives before and after a breast reduction can be remarkable.
If you think a breast reduction might be right for you, be sure to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Priti Patel for a consultation!