Often regarded as one of the most gratifying cosmetic surgeries available, breast reduction is performed to help patients attain a more comfortable breast size and alleviate the symptoms of large, heavy breasts. It is not uncommon for women with dominating or excessive breasts to experience symptoms like back and shoulder pain, difficulty exercising, and rashes, among many other physical and emotional strains. Breast reduction from Dr Vaneshri Chetty-B, our top plastic surgeon in Johannesburg, is designed to remove the excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue causing a disproportionate breast size, thereby achieving a lighter and more manageable breast shape.
Who is a Candidate For Breast Reduction?
Contending with the weight of heavy breasts can make even the most simple daily tasks difficult to complete. Patients with overly large breasts often face a number of physical burdens that may catalyse the desire for breast reduction, such as:
- Pain or soreness in the back, shoulders, and/or neck
- Grooves in the shoulder from bra straps digging in the skin
- Rashes or skin irritation
- Difficulty exercising and staying active
- Poor posture
- Labored breathing
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, or fingers
Women with excessive breasts also commonly experience non-physical symptoms that may be troubling, including an inability to find well-fitting clothing, stares from strangers, and unwanted attention. If you find it challenging to comfortably live your life due to the above symptoms, breast reduction can be a powerful procedure to help resolve the stressors of large breasts and provide a more proportionate bust size in relation to your body frame.
How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
After an initial consultation with Dr Chetty-B, in which she confirms that breast reduction is the best treatment option to achieve your goals, the procedure is usually performed as an outpatient breast surgery utilising general anesthesia. Dr Chetty-B will reshape your breasts using an incision placed either in a keyhole shape over the areolas, or in an anchor-like fashion along the breast crease. The best technique depends on the extent of reduction necessary to attain your desired look. Excess skin, breast tissue, and fat will then be removed while the nipples and areolas are raised and repositioned (if necessary). Since sagging breast tissue is addressed during surgery, breast reduction typically includes some of the benefits of a breast lift.
What is Recovery From Breast Reduction Like?
Following breast reduction surgery, patients generally take one to two weeks of downtime before returning to their normal routines. It’s very important to receive plenty of rest after your procedure, but we encourage light ambulation (walking around, standing, etc.) as soon as you feel up to it. After a few days, patients are typically able to perform light activities around the house, although heavy lifting and exercise is prohibited for at least four weeks. Swelling, bruising, or tenderness in the breasts are normal reactions to surgery and should gradually resolve as your body continues to heal.
Patients usually report immense satisfaction from the results of breast reduction. The procedure often allows individuals to lead a more active lifestyle, as they no longer feel debilitated by the physical strains of large, heavy breasts.
Dr Chetty-B can help you minimize the burdens of dominating breasts with a personalised breast reduction treatment plan. Please contact The Forever Institute to speak with a team member or to schedule a consultation.