Breast reduction surgery removes excess skin, fat and breast tissue to achieve smaller, more proportionate breasts. While reducing the size and weight of the breasts, this effective procedure, also known as reduction mammaplasty, typically elevates the position of the nipple and areola.
Breast reduction can achieve a more proportional and comfortable breast size and alleviate many of the issues associated with excessively large breasts. Here, internationally-known, double-board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Orringer, outlines benefits and options associated with breast reduction.
Overly large breasts can cause physical and emotional issues. You may pursue breast reduction to correct painful, physical symptoms caused by the strain your heavy breasts place on your neck, shoulders, and back. The weight of excessively large breasts often results in chronic pain and postural issues.
Large breasts can make it uncomfortable to perform certain physical activities, including exercise. You may also experience skin irritation under your breasts, as well as painful grooves in your shoulders created by bra straps.
The emotional discomfort caused by large breasts can be as problematic as the physical discomfort. Women with disproportionately large breasts often feel self-conscious about the size of their breasts. Even shopping for clothing can be challenging and frustrating when they have breasts that are not proportionate to their frame.
Many patients who undergo breast reduction surgery find that both their symptoms and their quality of life improve after their procedure. Some women find the surgery boosts their self-confidence and allows them to be more active.
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if it is your personal preference to have smaller breasts or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above. Generally speaking, ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are physically healthy, have fully developed breasts, do not smoke (or can quit to promote surgical recovery), are not extremely overweight, and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure.
Dr. Orringer has been performing breast reduction surgery for more than three decades. During your consultation, he will describe the procedure, thoroughly discuss your goals and concerns, and answer any questions you may have.
To learn more about breast reduction, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Orringer by calling 310-273-1663 or using our contact form. Dr. Orringer welcomes patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Newport Beach, Northern California, across the nation and throughout the world.