Benefits of Breast Reduction
Are you tired of carrying a heavy weight around on your chest? Do your bra straps bite into your shoulders and do you tend to get back aches? Our culture is obsessed by big breasts but there is a limit to how big “big” should be.
Beyond back pain, large breasts can cause neck pain and shoulder pain. It can also be hard to find clothing that fits, since a dress that fits your bust size may be loose and baggy for your lower body and one that fits your lower body may be far too tight over the bust.
Extra-large breasts also interfere with physical activity, making it uncomfortable to run or jump and therefore hard to participate in sports.
If you naturally have very large breasts and would like them to be a bit smaller and lighter, breast reduction is the procedure to have. You can see the results some of our patients achieved by looking at our Breast Reduction Before and After Gallery.
How is Breast Reduction Done?
The procedure takes three to four hours. An incision is made around the nipple and downwards to the chest wall (a “keyhole” incision”). Unwanted fatty tissue and breast tissue are removed and the nipples may be relocated higher on the breasts. This removes that downward angle that heavy breasts so often have and creates a more youthful, “perky” look.
Dr. Rai may insert a drainage tube on each side before he sutures the incisions and applies bandages.
For recovery, you will need at least a week off from your job or normal activities. Two weeks could be better. Dr. Rai will give you printed instructions for how to care for yourself during recovery and you will have a series of follow-up visits so he can monitor your progress.
At first you will feel tired and will want to rest or sleep. You will have a pain medication to minimize discomfort and an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. Swelling and bruising will fade in a few weeks. There will be scars where the incisions were, as this is unavoidable and one important thing to avoid is heavy lifting. It can increase your scarring.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction and whether you are a good candidate for it, please call or email us today for a free consultation. We serve Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas and hope to work with you soon.