Plastic Surgery Channel expert Dr. Mark Elliott from Meridian Plastic Surgery in Mississippi discusses breast reduction, why it has become so popular and also dispels some myths connected to the procedure.
Breast reduction is a very commonly requested procedure and has become even more common in the recent years. Most women who opt for this procedure do so to combat aches and pains such as neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain which are related to large breasts. A lot of women, apart from the pain also complain that they are unable to participate in and fully enjoy activities and sports that they like taking part in either for work or recreationally due to the pain caused by large breasts. The weight of large breasts can cause breathing and circulation problems as well apart from the pain. Dr. Elliott has been performing breast reductions in Mississippi for over 10 years with very favorable patient outcomes as he details.
Breast reduction is a common surgical procedure in which the sizes of the breasts are reduced by removing fat, glandular tissue and skin. This procedure, apart from aiding patients with reducing pain caused by large breasts, is also carried out to correct sagging and drooping breasts. Breast reduction is also referred to as Reduction Mammoplasty and can result in smaller, firmer and lighter breasts.
Breast reduction has been enormously successful in relieving the symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain. In fact, in terms of post operative satisfaction, it is one of the highest rated surgeries and compares to any other type of surgical procedure.
A common myth is that the surgery is extremely painful and that it takes a long time to heal. Dr. Elliott states that this is not been his experience in his practice based in Meirdian, Mississippi. Breast reduction procedures are one of the least painful. The Surgeon will perform this surgery under general anesthesia and it may be performed with only a minimal incision thereby leaving minimal scarring as well. Most of Dr. Elliott’s patients do not complain of pain and he has noticed that a lot of them do not even complete their dosage of pain medication that is prescribed at the time of the surgery.
The recovery time is somewhat dependent on the type of lifestyle of the patient. If the patient is a highly active person, then the recovery may be 3-4 weeks to enable them to be fully comfortable while doing a very physical job. On the other hand, an average person with normal activity levels can expect to recover within a week or so.
Some of the side effects of a breast surgery may be scarring and breast asymmetry. A good board certified surgeon will take the time prior to a surgery to consult extensively and decide on appropriate positioning and amount of skin removal.