The weight from very large breasts can cause a variety of problems including back and neck pain, skin irritation and breathing difficulty. Breast reduction is usually performed to correct a medical problem and may be covered by health insurance. The procedure removes fat, tissue, and excess skin from the breast, making the breast smaller, lighter, and firmer. The nipple is also repositioned in proportion to the new breast size.
It is recommended that the breast be fully developed before surgery is performed. However, if large breasts are causing serious problems, a breast reduction surgeon may recommend this procedure for younger patients. Patients should keep in mind that breast reduction surgery should be postponed for women planning to breast feed. Surgery takes about 3-5 hours under general anesthesia and recovery is about 7-10 days.
After your procedure the physicians at The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery® may offer a visit to your home by a plastic surgery nurse, trained to assist in your recovery. For several weeks following surgery you will be wearing a support bra to reduce swelling and bruising.
After this time you will be able to select bras that enhance your new look. Most women can return to work in about two weeks but should avoid lifting or strenuous exercise for the next three to 4 weeks.
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