A study on the impact of breast reduction on patients’ quality of life revealed high levels of satisfaction after the procedure. Excessively large breasts have been known to cause many problems for women, including physical pain, discomfort, and physiological pain. Several women experiencing these challenges seek to have breast reduction surgery.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
If you have large and heavy breasts that cause you back, shoulder, and neck aches, breathing difficulties, poor posture, numbness, and skin irritation, you can benefit from breast reduction. If you have dissatisfaction with your large breasts or have a challenge fitting into clothing and brassiere, then a breast reduction may also be recommended.
It is important to note that if you have any undiagnosed lumps, severe obesity, clotting disorders, or a history of irregular mammograms, you may not be a good candidate for this procedure. However, the most efficient way to know your position is through consultation with Dr. Cusimano.
What a Breast Reduction Procedure Entails
In breast reduction surgery, one of three incisions; keyhole incision, donut incision, or anchor incision is applied. After the appropriate incision is made, Dr. Cusimano removes the excess fat and skin on the breast. Additional incisions may also be made for liposuction. The incisions are then closed using sutures, and drains are placed to remove excess fluid although drains are not always necessary.
Recovery Time after Breast Reduction
A common concern for most people is the recovery time after this surgery. Patients’ soreness and swelling is controlled using pain medication and can last between 4 to 6 weeks. Full healing until one can return to exercise and strenuous physical activity takes 6 to 8 weeks for most patients. Dr. Cusimano will always give you specific post-op instructions to give the best results and full recovery.
How a Breast Reduction Improves Your Quality of Life
Undergoing the breast reduction procedure improves the quality of life of patients in ways such as:
- Physically – There is relief from the physical pain caused by large breasts’ weight on the neck, shoulders, and back. The sweating and resultant rashes that occur under large breasts are eliminated. The posture and mobility of these patients also improve, and they can exercise more easily.
- Emotionally – Most women who have excessively large breasts that are not proportional to their body frame deal with self-esteem issues. Breast reduction gives a better proportion to these patients, which often results in increased confidence.
- Aesthetics – Many patients who undergo breast reduction also couple it with a breast lift procedure. This not only brings back proportionality but also improves the appearance of their breasts. In patients with more breast tissue on one breast than the other, symmetry is restored, improving the aesthetics.
Schedule a Consultation
To get more information on the breast reduction procedure, and how it can improve the quality of your life, schedule your consultation with Dr. Cusimano today. Call our Baton Rouge office at (225) 230-4210 or fill out the form on our website.