Breast reduction surgery, also sometimes referred to as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the breast size is reduced. The goal of the surgery is to make life better in some way for the patient. There are a number of reasons, most of which are in no way related to aesthetics, people wish to have their breast size reduced.
Macromastia is the generalized medical term for breasts that are excessively large or disproportionate to the rest of the body. Having such an imbalance can lead to several medical issues and complaints. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to learn more about the reasons patients desire a reduction in breast size, what is involved in the surgery and whether you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.
Medical Indicators for Breast Reduction Surgery
There are a number of standard indicators or signs seen in the medical community that demonstrate the possibility a patient may benefit from decreasing the size of her breasts. Some of the most common are:
- Back, neck or shoulder aches
- Breathing difficulty
- Numbness of the breasts or chest area
- Skin ulcers or irritation attributed to pressure from heavy breasts
- Grooves in the shoulders from bra straps
- Dissatisfaction with breast size
Doctors also see a pattern in the types of patients who seek this treatment. Often, they are patients who come from a family of large-breasted women. Sometimes they are afflicted with excessively large breasts due to factors such as pregnancy, puberty, a sensitivity to estrogen or after a large weight gain.
It’s important to keep in mind that this procedure has become relatively routine and safe in recent times, but that it is still a major surgery. You certainly want to feel confident in your decision to pursue breast reduction surgery.
About the Procedure
Each patient’s breast reduction surgery is different based on a number of factors. Those who have small frames with breasts that are disproportionate in size or pendulous will more than likely require the removal of primarily glandular tissue. Along with this glandular tissue, breasts are also comprised of fat. Patients who carry a great deal of body weight also tend to have an excess of fat within the breasts, thus a procedure for this type of patient will typically be comprised of mainly fat removal rather than glandular tissue. In addition to fat or tissue, skin is also usually removed during a reduction procedure, which helps to give a lift to the breasts.
The Best Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery
Qualified candidates must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of potential results. Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation at Rejuvenate Med Spa to discover whether this procedure is right for you. Our office is located in Oak Brook. Contact us today to book your appointment!