Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction surgery may be desired for both medical and cosmetic reasons.  Dr. Marcadis and Dr. Watt at Marcadis Watt Plastic Surgery in Tampa will give you the beautiful natural-looking breast you desire. Learn more about the benefits of this surgical procedure below. 

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction is also known as reduction mammaplasty. This surgical procedure can help women achieve a proportionate breast size to eliminate pain or discomfort, as well as emotional stress.

Breasts that are very large in proportion to a woman’s body can have a negative impact on her physical and emotional wellbeing. The technical name for disproportionately large breasts is macromastia.

Physical discomfort from macromastia is caused by the weight of the breasts and can include:

  • Inhibited ability to move
  • Chronic shoulder, neck, and back pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Irritated, chafed skin beneath the breasts

Breast reduction may be used as a solution to medical concerns including macromastia, but it can also be done for cosmetic reasons. Women may opt to have a cosmetic breast reduction surgery to improve their body image or resolve issues with fitting into clothing. 

What Does Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?

In a breast reduction procedure, your plastic surgeon will surgically remove excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. This may be achieved through incisions and liposuction. Your surgeon will reshape the breasts and reposition the nipples during surgery for a natural, symmetrical appearance. The nipple and areola generally remain attached to the breasts during this procedure, though a skin graft may be required to put them in a higher position for some individuals. 

After breast reduction surgery, it’s advised to avoid physical activity for two to four weeks as the breasts heal. You’ll also likely be prescribed pain medications and antibiotics to manage the risk of infections. You may experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness, but it will go down after about a week. 

Who Can Have Breast Reduction Surgery?

Women of all ages can have breast reduction surgery, even those who are still in their teenage years. That being said, if you undergo the procedure before your breasts are fully developed, you may need to have a follow-up procedure later on. 

Breast reduction surgery may present heightened risks for smokers, people with diabetes or heart issues, or obese people. It’s also important to consider that breast reduction surgery may leave you with some scarring on the breasts. 

Women who plan to have children may want to wait to have breast reduction surgery. It can be more difficult to breastfeed after this procedure. Additionally, if you’re planning to lose weight in the future, you should likely wait to achieve a healthy weight that you plan to maintain prior to a breast reduction.

After a successful breast reduction procedure, you’ll likely experience improved self-esteem, reduced pain in the upper body, and a greater ability to participate in physical activity. Contact Marcadis Watt Plastic Surgery today to learn if breast reduction surgery is right for you.

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