Breast Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction)
Is It Right for You?
Breast reduction can help women who suffer with the consequences of large, pendulous, or disproportionate breasts. Large breasts can cause back pain, skin irritation, and poor posture. Bra straps may leave painful indentations on a woman's shoulders. Exercise and sports are often difficult for women with large breasts. Sometimes large-breasted women or girls experience embarrassment or self-consciousness wearing a swimsuit. It may be difficult to find clothing that fits well. Breast reduction can relieve the physical discomfort, as well as the emotional difficulties, of having large breasts.
Breast reduction is considered permanent, but breast size may change as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, and age. The risks of breast reduction include the following:
Scars: The severity of scars varies from patient to patient. The scars usually fade over time, but they may remain noticeable in some women. Fortunately, incisions are usually made in areas that can be concealed by a bra or bathing suit.
Uneven breasts or nipples
Loss of feeling in breasts or nipples: This effect is usually temporary (lasting a few months), but may be permanent in some patients. Nipples may permanently lose sensation if they were removed and repositioned during surgery.
Nursing after surgery: Depending on the type of breast reduction, some women may be able to breastfeed after surgery. In some cases, the milk ducts under the nipple are permanently damaged.
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