The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery notes that a reduction surgery can be helpful to create a more aesthetically pleasing look that also helps to improve the quality of life in certain situations. The truth is that bigger breasts are not always considered more beautiful breasts. The shape and proportion of the breasts are equally important, and using reduction surgery is a valid means of getting a figure that you’re comfortable with. Skilled cosmetic surgeons in the Tampa, Florida area can help improve both the shape and proportion to give you a look that you’re comfortable with.
There are several surgical techniques that can be used when performing a reduction surgery:
There are other options as well, but these are the three most common forms of surgery performed. The type that is used will depend on the individual patient and situation. The type and amount of tissue that is being removed are also important considerations.
In some cases, liposuction can be an effective method of reduction. You’ll experience a less invasive procedure and shorter recovery times, which can be a great benefit for many individuals. The surgery also is less damaging to the breast, and it typically doesn’t leave any detectable scars. The results are also long-lasting, but it’s only available for patients who meet very strict conditions.
For a more moderate breast reduction that liposuction can’t provide, there is also a vertical reduction procedure. More commonly known as a lollipop procedure, it’s helpful for women who have noticeable sagging.
The procedure involves two incision areas:
1. An incision near the areola
2. An incision running from the breast crease to the areola
The incisions allows a surgeon to remove any extra fat, skin and breast tissue. It is also useful for reshaping the smaller breast, and it can lift the breast into a position that appears more youthful. It does leave some scarring on the breast, but it is easily hidden by a bra or bikini top and is only under the nipple area.
This type of reduction is also known as an anchor reduction. It requires three incisions to perform properly and safely:
1. From the areola to the breast crease
2. Along the edge of the areola
3. On the actual breast crease
This allows for the maximum amount of tissue removal, and it provides the surgeon with the ability to perform the most amount of reshaping and removal. There is one additional scar beyond that of a vertical procedure, but it’s a more effective option for women who want more dramatic changes.
There are several benefits to reducing the size of a woman’s breasts. While many of the benefits are going to be specific to the woman and what she wants, there are some overall benefits that should be considered that go beyond the look and appearance of the breasts. Ultimately, the decision to undergo surgery is a personal one.
One of the main reasons choose to go under the knife is to feel more comfortable. Large breasts can be heavy, and this can cause a woman to experience back pain. It can also cause problems with the neck, skin irritation and issues maintaining proper posture. The continually pulling of heavy breasts can make it difficult to feel comfortable in a bra. Bra straps may also leave painful indentations along the shoulders, and it can dig into the skin causing the breasts to create pain for the woman.
Women who participate in sports may find that large breasts are limiting. Larger breasts can make participating in physical activity more difficult. Additionally, some activities may become more awkward for women who have larger breasts. Women who are extremely competitive may elect to have the surgery to perform better.
Some women may feel uncomfortable with large breasts. If they aren’t in proportion to your height, they can be embarrassing. A woman who feels self-conscious has every right to make the choices she wants to make to live a more comfortable life. Another issue is that clothes that fit may be hard to find, and this is a legitimate reason to consider a breast reduction surgery.
As with any surgery, there are always risks involved when you choose to have a breast reduction surgery. Most of the risks are considered to be low-risk and women shouldn’t fear getting the surgery. Cosmetic surgeons have to go through years of medical training and will apply the necessary safety procedures to ensure a safe operation.
Breast size reduction may result in some scarring. Most of the scars will be barely visible, but there will be scars. It’s impossible to have a surgery for breast size reduction without leaving some scarring. The scarring will vary depending on the person and the type of incision made. In most cases, the incisions are made in areas where they can be covered by a bra and are not easily seen.
In some cases, there may be a loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. However, this situation is typically only temporary, and it won’t last more than a couple of months. Some women may find that the numbness doesn’t go away. When you consider that many women with heavy breasts don’t have much feeling to begin with, this is usually less of a concern.
While some women may be able to breastfeed after a surgery, there are some types of procedures that may make this difficult. This is an important issue to bring up with a doctor if there are any concerns about losing the ability to breastfeed.
Another risk is that the nipples may end up unevenly positioned. The shape of the breasts will also be different, which may be jarring for women who are used to their breast shape and size.
Additional Risks May Include:
Keep in mind that having a surgery can affect your ability to nurse your children in the future. It’s also important to contact your insurance company ahead of time. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the surgery if the reason is to reduce back pain or skin problems. When there is a verifiable medical reason to have the surgery, they will often cover a portion of the surgery. Insurance companies will not typically cover the procedure for any non-medically necessary procedure, including for aesthetic purposes.
If you’re considering surgery, the best way to find out about your options is to consult with a qualified surgeon. You’ll be able to ask questions, find out what surgery is most relevant to your situation and learn about any risks that are specific to your situation.
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