Posted by: Jane M | November 1, 2012

My breast are too BIG and are always in the WAY!

When women hear about breast surgery, the first thing they think about is breast enlargement. Bigger is not always better or best, especially for women who have heavy or large breasts that disturb their daily activities and may also cause serious problems.

A plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Geldenhuys discusses these problems, and he also explains how breast reduction surgery offers a new lease on life for women with large breasts.

Women who have heavy or large breast are restricted in what they can do and makes it almost impossible to participate in sports. Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) removes excess tissue, fat and skin in the breasts thereby making them smaller and lighter. This creates more proportionate breast that fit with your body, also alleviating the medical and emotional stress of heavy or large breast.

Breast reduction surgery is done in a hospital or surgical center, using general anesthesia. The surgery can take up to 5 hours, and you will be discharged the same day. The procedure involves removing tissue and skin from the breast, the surgeon first makes one or more cuts in the breast. After the excess tissue and skin have been removed, the skin is closed with stitches.

Why choose breast reduction?

Dr Geldenhuys explains that heavy, large breast may have a disabling effect such as shoulder, neck and lower back pain. Other factors which may cause pain include sores caused by excessive skin rubbing and shoulder bra straps digging into the skin. Many women with large breasts also have psychological effects such as embarrassment, anti-social behaviour, low self-esteem, and body dimorphic disorder.

The benefits of breast reduction

  • Lower back pain will be eliminated.
  • Pain in the neck, back and the shoulder are reduced.
  • The breasts will be smaller and better balanced with regards to the rest of the body.
  • Enhancement of clothing and bra choices.
  • Elimination of marks on the shoulders due to bra straps.
  • Breast reduction also resolves the irritation the skin underneath the breasts.
  • Participation in sports or other activities

Are there any complications of breast reduction?

Breast reduction is safe when performed by a qualified doctor. Although like any surgery, it does have certain risks. Complications such as:

  • Scars
  • Excessive bleeding during surgery.
  • Unevenly positioned nipples, or breasts that are not the same size or shape.
  • Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts.
  • An infection.
  • Reaction to the anesthesia.
  • Inability to breast-feed after surgery.
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