Breast Reduction Information

A breast reduction removes excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. Also known as a reverse mammaplasty, it is performed to reduce discomfort or help you achieve a more proportionate body image. Having larger breasts can come along with many limitations when it comes to physical activity, and that’s why many women look to breast reduction surgery. How do you know if you qualify for one? Women are considered for a reduction if they experience any of the following:

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain that requires medication
  • Chronic skin irritation or rash under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Restrictions on certain physical activities
  • Unsatisfied with self image
  • Having a hard time finding bras/shirts that fit

It is recommended that you avoid breast reduction surgery if any of the following applies to you:

  • Smoker
  • Have diabetes or other heart conditions
  • Obesity
  • Do not want scars on their breasts

Planning the Procedure

Any woman at any age can have a breast reduction. Although you can have the procedure done in your teen years, it is not recommended because your breasts are not fully developed. It is common for women to wait until after childbirth. Breast feeding is possible, but can be very difficult after reduction surgery. Many women also wait until after a major weight loss. Women who change their diet and exercise habits to lose weight may see a natural reduction in their breasts.

If you believe you qualify for a breast reduction surgery, and are ready to learn more, give Dr. Roussalis a call. After meeting with you and reviewing your medical history, he can determine the right procedure option for you. The surgery will be performed in the hospital with an overnight observation. You will be able to see results immediately, but the final results will be achieved over time. As you heal the swelling will go down and the scars will begin to fade.