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For some women, overly large, voluptuous breasts are more of a burden than an asset. Enlarged breasts can be heavy, limit mobility and lead to chronic back, shoulder or neck pain. Breasts that are disproportionately larger than the rest of the body can also garner unwanted attention and be a constant source of embarrassment. Women with overly large busts may also have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly or resort to hiding their breasts under bulky clothing.
Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk have seen first-hand the positive, life-changing effects breast reduction can have on women. Using advanced surgical techniques Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk are able to resize and reshape overly large breasts for a more proportionate breast size and an overall more attractive body figure.
Continue reading to learn about how breast reduction can help you live confidently with lighter and proportionately sized breasts.
Can I Benefit From Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction offers a number of physical benefits. Posture improves and chronic neck and back pain may be drastically reduced as the breasts are no longer too heavy to hold up. Skin rashes and irritation caused by sweat that accumulates underneath the breast fold are improved following breast reduction. Mobility is easier and exercise is no longer painful as repeated bouncing of large breasts is no longer an issue.
Breast reduction also has a tremendous psychological effect. With a more proportionate breast size and balanced figure, your self-image will improve. You can feel confident wearing flattering clothing and socializing, without worrying about getting unwanted attention because of the size and appearance of your breasts.
Breast reductions are performed with anesthesia. During the procedure, incisions will be made, typically around the edge of the areola and extending vertically down the front of the breast and along the inframammary crease. The exact size of the incision pattern will depend on the degree of correction needed.
Through the incisions, excess tissue will be removed. The remaining tissue will be reshaped until the desired shape and size is achieved. If there is a significant degree of ptosis (breast sag) present, the surgeon will lift the breast mound higher on the chest mound for a perkier and younger-looking position. Excess skin will be trimmed and the remaining skin will be re-draped on the newly contoured breast. The incisions will be closed with sutures and a surgical bra will be placed to support the breasts as they heal. Over time, the incisions and resulting scars will fade and can be concealed with most bras and bathing suit tops.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Recovery from a breast reduction procedure requires at least a week or two away from work and physically stressful activities. You will be wearing a surgical bra for several weeks.
Swelling and bruising are common, and the experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery will advise you on ways to manage swelling, which may last for several months, and the moderate pain you may experience.
At night, sleep on your back with pillows to elevate your head and upper body. During the day, avoid strenuous physical activities, but do make time for short walks, which will improve your circulation, speed healing and help prevent the formation of blood clots.
Breast Reduction FAQs
What are the benefits of breast reduction?
Breast reduction can dramatically change your upper body shape by reducing breast size, enhancing symmetry, adjusting the nipple, reducing the size of the areola and generally creating a more youthful profile. The experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery know that cosmetic reasons are usually only part of the story: Women whose breasts are too large for their frame may experience a variety of physical issues, including back and neck pain, soreness and inflammation, as well as emotional concerns such as embarrassment or lower self-esteem.
What happens during the procedure?
During a breast reduction, the surgeon makes incisions and removes fat and skin, then tightens and reshapes each breast. The size of the areola may be reduced, and in the case of larger breasts the nipple and areola may also be repositioned. If there is a notable degree of sagging, the surgeon will lift each breast to renew the natural contour.
The experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery are skilled in performing breast reduction
Are the results permanent?
In the absence of future pregnancies or dramatic weight gain, the results of your breast reduction will be long-lasting. The procedure will not freeze time, however, as some sagging or loosening will naturally occur with aging. Except in rare cases, breast tissue will not grow back, so your slim new profile should be permanent.
Is the procedure similar to a breast lift?
In some ways, yes. During each procedure, the breast is reshaped, resulting in an elegant, perkier appearance. Although a breast lift does involve the removal of some tissue, its emphasis is on reclaiming a youthful profile by elevating the breast.
Will there be scarring?
Scarring is one of the trade-offs of a breast reduction procedure. The type of incision that is necessary will depend on the extent of the reduction in breast size. Significant reductions usually require a so-called “anchor shape” incision around the circumference of the areola, then vertically down and across the base of the breast. Smaller reductions can be performed using a “lollipop” incision that eliminates the necessity of cutting across the bottom of the breast. Although scars will be noticeable in the first months after surgery, they will fade with time.
Don’t let overly large, heavy breasts prevent you from feeling like your best, confident self. To learn more about breast reduction and how it can help alleviate the emotional and physical discomfort caused by enlarged breasts, schedule a personal consultation at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery by contacting our Cleveland office today.