Excessive size of the female breast is called “macromastia” which means “big breasts”. While many people would consider this a blessing, for women who are afflicted with this condition, it is not. There are many physical problems that accompany this condition, including chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as rashes under the breasts that are made worse in warmer climates.
To relieve these symptoms, women may opt for a reduction mammaplasty. This essentially involves creation of a “anchor” shaped scar on the breast which accompanies a reduction of the breast tissue to a more manageable size. Unfortunately, because breast tissue must be removed, there will be scar from the removal.
Women who have reduction mammaplasties are among the happiest of our patients. You cannot imagine the tremendous relief these patients have when they finally make the decision and have the procedure. I have had women confide to me that they finally were able to sleep through the night after years of suffocating under the weight of their very breasts. For most women, trading scars for comfort is well worth it. It is for this reason that they are so happy.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes three to four hours. Post operative pain is almost nonexistent (surprisingly), and normal activity can be resumed within several days. However, vigorous activity should be delayed for about six weeks. As with most surgeries complications include, but are not limited to bleeding and infection. Problems with circulation, as well as problems with wound healing can also occur, but in spite of this most patients are very satisfied.