Patient Diary: Why I Wanted A Breast Reduction

Big boobs — they seem to be something every young girl wants, that is, until she actually grows up and gets them. While it may look all good and well to be “blessed in the chest,” the truth is that sometimes carrying around these big “fun bags” isn’t so much fun at all.

As someone with a larger chest, I can honestly say that I have a love-hate relationship with my boobs, and I know I’m not the only big-breasted woman that feels that way.

Although they may look good, big breasts have an even bigger downfall — they’re just always getting in the way!

Aside from being physically uncomfortable, often causing neck, shoulder, and back pain, they can also make it extremely difficult to exercise, play sports, swim, fit into clothing, or simply function on a daily basis without pain and decreasing/affecting other areas of health benefits for optimal quality of life. Plus, I’ve ran out of hands to count on the number of times that my large breasts have made me feel self-conscious by drawing unwanted attention.

So, if you’re going through the same struggles as me, what are our options? Breast reduction surgery is definitely one of them.

Classified as reconstructive rather than cosmetic because it is done to improve a condition rather than a physical enhancement, breast reduction surgery is meant to reduce the size of the breasts to improve the life of the patient.

Ideal candidates for a breast reduction procedure must be in good overall health with no active disease or pre-existing medical conditions. Candidates should possess mental and emotional stability, with realistic expectations of the outcome. Their skin should also have good elasticity.

Typically, breast reduction surgery is performed with an anchor-shaped incision. The incision resembles the shape of a boat anchor as it traces the areola, drops down, and follows the curve below the breast.

Through the incision, the extra tissue, fat, and skin that have caused your breasts to be too large, will be removed. During the procedure, the nipple and areola will also be reshapes, as well as the breasts around them, giving a new, firmer contour. In a case where the breasts are very large or hang extremely low, both the nipples and areolas are then repositioned through grafting.

Sometimes, liposuction is used to eliminate extra fatty tissue from under the arms. However, nothing will be done without proper consent and understanding of the full steps of the procedure.

After breast reduction surgery, it is normal to experience pain for about 3 to 7 days, which can be controlled with prescription medication. For the first day or two following surgery, a drainage tube may be inserted to eliminate blood and fluids more effectively from the incision area.

Initially, patients will need to wear an elastic bandage held in place with a surgical bra. When the bandages are removed, the patient will need to continue wearing the surgical bra until the swelling and bruising subside, which usually occurs within several weeks. In most cases, stitches are removed within 3 weeks post-surgery.

As the healing process goes on, patients will begin to feel less and less discomfort, although they may feel achy for a few weeks following surgery. During this time, they should not do any heavy lifting or strenuous pushing, especially a rigorous exercise regimen.

It is important to remember that patients will have less energy for a few weeks following their surgery and that they need to reduce physical activity to help their bodies fully recover.

To learn more about a Breast Reduction treatment with The Kaplan Center or to request a consultation at our New York City, Edgewater, or Montvale offices, please call (201) 948-5475 to discuss your options.