Women with large breasts experience more than dissatisfaction with body image – they may experience physical pain and discomfort. Overly large breasts and the weight of excess breast tissue can cause pain and physical conditions that impair a woman’s ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.If you have large breasts that limit your physical activity and cause pain, breast reduction may be right for you.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with a woman’s body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. In general, breast reduction surgery will not only correct the functional symptoms associated with large breasts but will also result in better-proportioned breasts, enhancing a woman’s body image and self-confidence.
Where do I Begin?
A consultation with Dr. Sena is the first step to learn how breast reduction can improve the appearance of your breasts and relieve pain, discomfort and any associated symptoms you may have resulting from large, pendulous breasts. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about breast reduction in a non-pressured environment and will include:
• A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
• The options available in breast reduction surgery
• The likely outcomes of breast reduction and any risks or potential complications
• The prescribed course of treatment recommended by Dr. Sena
Dr. Sena will also answer your questions.
What to Expect
Breast reduction may be performed in a local facility. The type of anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. Dr. Sena and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Once your procedure is completed, dressing or bandages may be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra should be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
• How to care for the surgical site
• Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential risk of infection
• Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
• When to follow-up with Dr. Sena
Results and Outlook
The results of breast reduction will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent scars, but they will improve over time and can be hidden under most swimsuits.Your new breast size should free you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Your better-proportioned figure will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence. Breast reduction is considered permanent although, over time, your breasts may continue to change due to weight fluctuations, aging, and gravity.