Who is Breast Reduction For?

Having more beautiful breasts does not always mean having bigger breasts. It’s all about shape and proportion, and a skilled cosmetic surgeon can improve both using breast reduction techniques tailored to your unique needs. Learn more about your options for breast reduction below.

Choosing Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. It can also cause self-image issues, and result in physical pain and discomfort.

The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active normal life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.

Breast reduction surgery is done to change the size, weight, firmness, and shape of the breasts. You may decide to have breast reduction surgery if you:
• Are physically healthy
• Have realistic expectations
• Don’t smoke
• Are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
• Have breasts that limit your physical activity
• Experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
• Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
• Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease

Deciding on a breast reduction surgery is a personal choice. You may decide to have breast reduction surgery to make you feel more comfortable, reduce the limitations that large, heavy breasts place on physical or other activities, or alter your appearance.

Large heavy breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation and posture problems. The constant pull of heavy breasts may leave painful bra-strap indentations in the shoulders. Breast reduction surgery can eliminate these problems.

What to Think About

If you are thinking about having a breast reduction, contact your insurance company. Some insurance companies cover some or all of the costs of breast reduction surgery if it is being done to relieve back pain, skin problems or other medical ailments caused by large or heavy breasts. They typically do not cover breast reduction surgery done solely for cosmetic purposes.

The most common risks of breast reduction surgery include:

• Scarring. Breast reduction surgery leaves visible scars on the breasts. However, how bad the scars vary from person to person and by the type of incisions. It may appear red and swollen at first, but scars typically fade over time.
• Unevenly positioned nipples, or breasts that are not the same size or shape.
• Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. This is often temporary, lasting a few months.

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If you’re considering having a breast reduction, choosing a cosmetic surgeon is the most important decision you’ll make. While some in the plastic surgery field consider breast reduction to be a reconstructive procedure, a patient’s goal is rarely to solely correct physical symptoms without any consideration for aesthetic improvements. You should feel confident that your cosmetic surgeon can reduce your breasts to the right size to alleviate any discomfort and create a more beautiful breast shape that looks natural with your body.

At Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, we take pride in providing the leading plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Spearheaded by Dr. Joseph M. Brown, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery is one of the top plastic surgery practices in Lutz, Tampa, Trinity and Brandon area. Dr. Brown has carefully crafted his practice into a collaborative space where patients can comfortably communicate, visualize and achieve their ideal goals with his extensive expertise. For more information, call Plastic Surgery TB at (813) 774-5733 or schedule a consultation.


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