Who is a candidate: If you are a woman with overly large breasts that interfere with normal physical activities, a breast reduction surgery can be a life-enhancing option. Breast reduction improves your overall appearance by making your breasts more proportional to the rest of your body. Breast reduction surgery relieves the painful physical symptoms caused by very large breasts, such as back, neck, or shoulder pain.
Procedure: The most common surgical method of performing a reduction mammoplasty uses a three-part incision. One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third is a horizontal incision beneath the breast which follows the natural curve of the breast crease. In some situations, the horizontal incision is omitted. After the excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed, the nipple and areola are shifted or transposed to a higher position while preserving their blood supply.
Healing: After surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in a gauze dressing and supported by a surgical bra. Loss of breast or nipple sensation is possible, but, usually is not permanent. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks. You should be able to return to work within two weeks.