Breast reduction is performed on over 100,000 women every single year. If you suffer from having overly developed breasts that cause you shoulder or neck pain, skin irritation, or posture problems then you may be a terrific candidate for breast reduction. Phoenix women who have larger-than-average breasts know how difficult it can be to find bras, swim tops, and other apparel that fits them and how awkward it can be to exercise. During a breast reduction, Dr. Meger not only reduces the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin, but he also shapes and sculpts the breasts to the goals and desires of the patient.
If you’re ready to start thinking about a breast reduction, contact Dr. Meger today at 602-957-6000 to schedule your consultation.
Dr. Meger works with every breast reduction patient to develop a unique treatment plan. This plan would address all of the unique factors of each individual patient. In addition to that, our entire staff takes the greatest care to ensure that every single one of our patients is comfortable, and knows exactly what is going on before a decision is made.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?Phoenix women with overly large breasts often ask us if they’re a good fit for a breast reduction. This is a terrific question. Women who experience any of the following are most likely candidates for breast reduction:
- Indentations in their shoulders from bra straps.
- Feeling self-conscious about their breasts.
- Unable to participate in certain physical activities because of large breasts.
- Breathing problems from heavy breasts.
- Bad posture from hunching forward.
- Trouble sleeping because of large breasts.
- Back and neck pain.
- Breasts that are too large for your body size.
However, if you plan to have children or breastfeed in the future, you may want to postpone the procedure since pregnancy and breastfeeding can directly impact the overall shape and size of the bust.
Procedure for Breast Reduction
Phoenix women should expect their breast reduction to take three to four hours and is performed in an outpatient surgery center.
After the administration of a light anesthetic, Dr. Meger will make one or more incisions in the breast. Sometimes, three incisions are made: one around the areola, another from the areola to the breast crease (making a keyhole shape), and a third incision horizontally along the breast crease (the fold of skin at the bottom of the breast).
Once the incisions are made, any excess fat, skin, and tissue are removed. In some cases, the fat can be removed by liposuction. If the breast is primarily composed of fatty tissue, then liposuction may be used instead of the breast reduction procedure.
In many cases, the nipples stay attached to the nerves in order to maintain feeling. But if the breasts are sizable, the areolas and nipples may have to be repositioned. The incisions are then closed by the use of sutures, surgical tape, or adhesive.
Results and Recovering from Breast Reduction
Phoenix women who undergo breast reduction should take at least a week or two off from work. You should also avoid any kind of strenuous physical activity for a month.
Your breasts will be wrapped and supported by a surgical bra to help improve healing. In some cases, drainage tubes may be left in place. The stitches will be removed within a week or two.
Expect swelling and bruising for a couple weeks afterwards. Any pain can be alleviated by prescription pain medication. It’s possible that some women will feel slightly depressed afterwards, which is normal.
Despite the recovery, benefits of breast reduction are enormous. On top of physical problems and pain that are alleviated such as slouching, back, shoulder, and neck pain, there are psychological benefits too. The embarrassment, staring, and self-consciousness will be eliminated as well. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy more physical activities without the hindrance of your large breasts.
If you’re ready to get a new lease on life and to end the pain, shame, and embarrassment of having overly developed breasts, call Dr. Meger today at 602-957-6000.