Breast reduction surgery is a common solution for problems caused by breast hypertrophy, or the medical term for large, ptotic (drooping) breasts. This can affect women of all ages and can occur even among those in good physical shape. Breast hypertrophy can cause neck and back pain by stretching nerves and forcing you to stand and walk differently to compensate for the strain that the breasts put on your muscles and bones of your back. A woman’s posture is often negatively affected by breast hypertrophy.
Breast reduction usually can solve these problems as well as improve the size and shape of your breasts. Following breast reduction, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body and will have an upward lift. Not only will your clothes fit you better, you will feel and look better as well.
Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but Dr. Heidari usually recommends waiting until breast development is complete — usually between the ages of 18 to 23. Childbirth and breastfeeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast reduction before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Heidari.
- Women with breasts that are too large in proportion to the body frame
- Women with heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
- Women with one breast that is larger than the other
- Women with back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of their breasts
- Women with skin irritation beneath their breasts
- Women with indentations in their shoulders from tight bra straps
- Women who must restrict physical activity due to the size and weight of their breasts
Following the surgery, a gauze dressing is placed on the breast and you will wear a surgical bra. This helps reduce swelling. Dr. Heidari will prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection in addition to pain medication. Your stitches will be removed in about four to seven days and you will need to wear a support bra for four to five weeks. Swelling, bruising and numbness, particularly around the incision, are normal and generally subside in about six weeks. Most patients return to work in ten to fourteen days but must avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for four to six weeks.