Very large breasts can be a cosmetic concern for many women. They may make a woman appear heavier or out of shape. Very large breasts can limit the types of clothing that a woman feels comfortable wearing. In addition, they are heavy and can hinder a woman’s ability to exercise and cause daily discomfort. Large breasts can cause significant back and neck pain. Women with very large breasts can develop persistent rashes under their breasts and often end the day with significant grooves in the skin around their shoulders or on their back from the weight on their bra straps. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there is help available. One of our board-certified plastic surgeons can meet with you in his office and discuss the options available to you.
Women often wonder what size breasts they will have after breast reduction. Your plastic surgeon—either Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen—will meet with you and discuss your symptoms and goals with you. Many women desire breasts that are more proportional to their body frame, while others may have had such severe symptoms and limitations from their breasts that they desire them to be as small as possible. Your surgeon will listen to your goals, and together, you and he will design a custom surgery that will provide you with the breasts you have always dreamed of.
The most common question that people ask is about the scars that accompany a reduction. The scars that result from the procedure are hidden with clothing, and most are hidden in non-visible portions of the breast. While there is a small amount of visible scarring when undressed, this is a small trade off for a dramatic change in size and shape of the breasts.
Of all the procedures performed by plastic surgeons, including liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, etc., breast reduction is associated with the highest patient satisfaction of all procedures. Women tend to not only look much better after the operation, but also feel much better. As a result, few if any are bothered by the scars. If you have a friend or family member who has had a breast reduction, ask them how they feel about the scars. Most will tell you that they barely notice them and are truly happy that they had the operation performed.
Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen will meet with you one-on-one in his office and discuss your concerns about the appearance and feel of your breasts, as well as your goals for after the operation. Together, you and your surgeon will design the perfect operation to get you looking and feeling great. He will answer all of your questions and explain to you everything that will happen on the day of surgery and in the recovery process.
On the day of surgery, your surgeon will meet with you and your loved ones again and review everything that you should expect as well. Any questions that you may have thought of since your last conversation with your surgeon will be answered.
After the surgery, your surgeon will keep you in the hospital overnight, so you may rest comfortably with a nurse to attend to whatever needs that you might have. Most patients are up and out of bed the night of surgery. By the next morning, most women feel great, getting around easily, are eating well and ready to go home.
Your surgeon will see you back in his office one week after your procedure. At that time, there are usually only two small stitches to remove with the rest dissolving. There are no painful bandages to change. You will be looking good and feeling great!
Very large breasts can truly limit a woman’s quality of life. Fortunately, breast reduction can ease back and neck pain and other problems by reconstructing large breasts. Your board-certified surgeon will decide on the technique based on your breasts’ size, shape, scarring, and other factors.