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Improve Your Quality of Life with Breast Reduction Surgery

Improve Your Quality of Life with Breast Reduction Surgery

Large breasts don’t mean your breasts are any more pleasing. Shape and proportion come into play too. Your feelings about your breasts also impact how you and others see them. Overly large breasts can sometimes leave a lasting negative impression. They can also cause back pain and make it difficult for you to find clothes that fit well.

There are many physical, health-related and psychological reasons for breast reduction surgery. Regardless of age, women who’ve had this surgery report a high degree of satisfaction. In fact, these former patients stated that breast reduction improved their quality of life. And breast reduction may even be covered by your health insurance.

What Are Reasons to Choose to Have a Breast Reduction?

If you have difficulty playing sports or remaining active because your breasts are too large, you may want to consider reduction surgery. With most sports, you experience some degree of sweating. But this sweat causes a rash under your breasts more often if your breasts are large. Because your bust is so big, the rash can become dermatitis. Other motives to have a breast reduction include:

  • Extra strain on your neck, shoulder and back, resulting in chronic pain or headaches
  • Grooves in your shoulder from your bra straps due to the heaviness of your breasts
  • Difficulty participating in certain active sports
  • Finding clothes that fit properly
  • Stress from people judging you or making assumptions about you just because of your bust size
  • Poor posture caused by your breasts
  • Respiratory problems
  • Breasts that have become different sizes or shapes
  • Difficulty sleeping or getting comfortable in bed
  • Low self-esteem from having an overly large bosom
  • Stretched skin or nipples that drop below the crease in your breast
  • Just because you want a smaller bust to better complement your figure
  • Gynecomastia, if you’re a man, which is unnatural breast enlargement

Although breast reduction surgery is common and relatively quick, it’s still considered major surgery. So finding a plastic surgeon with expert skill and experience in this specific procedure works to your advantage. You can trust the team of cosmetic surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons. They specialize in breast surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast liftbreast revision and breast reconstruction.

Can I Combine My Breast Reduction with Another Procedure?

A breast reduction includes several procedures, including a breast lift. A lift with a reduction delivers the best results. The surgical process reshapes and tightens your breasts while making them smaller and perkier. Other procedures your surgeon may use during your breast reduction surgery include:

  • A nipple graft and repositioning, if necessary
  • Liposuction, to remove excess fatty tissue without scarring
  • A breast lift, called a mastopexy, which gives your bust a boost
  • The internal bra technique or Stevens laser bra technique, which use extra skin to construct an internal support structure to hold your breasts up

Breast reduction surgery takes approximately two to four hours. This timeframe depends on the complexity of your individual case. Afterward, you’ll spend a brief time in recovery to make sure everything went smoothly. You’re usually able to go home on the same day, although you’ll need to arrange a ride home, since you can’t drive after being under general anesthesia.

What Can I Expect Once I Get Home?

The best way to recover from breast reduction surgery is to follow your surgeon’s instructions and:

  • Place an ice pack around your bust area, as needed, to reduce swelling
  • Keep your incisions clean and dry
  • Walk around your house, even if you may need help doing so, especially during the first 24 hours after your surgery
  • Get help for a couple of days while you recover
  • Don’t shower for the first couple days, and you can’t take a bath until your incisions are completely healed
  • Don’t resume your usual physical activity, other than walking, for three to four weeks

Once you’ve fully healed, which takes about a month, you notice the changes to your body. While it takes time for you to reap all the rewards of having breast reduction surgery, you notice right away how much better you look in and out of your clothes. You can sleep much better since your bosom is not the inhibiting factor it used to be. Your back, shoulder or neck pain has disappeared. Amazingly, the boost to your self-esteem is worth all the temporary discomfort.

How Much Does My Body Image Affect My Self-Esteem and Quality of Life?

This is a personal question only you can answer. Your body image started to develop long before you became an adult. It’s a composite of your parent’s values, society’s values and other psycho-social factors. Various events or remarks can impact your body image and self-esteem over the years as you grow up. All these factors affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. Factors that shape your body image and self-esteem may include:

  • Your thoughts and feelings about what you see when standing in front of a mirror
  • What your peers said to you or about you when you were growing up
  • How you carry yourself when interacting with others
  • Whether you allow what others think of you to define you
  • Other mental health issues
  • Grown-ups’ remarks, perceptions and belief systems
  • Negative childhood experiences
  • Your interactions with the opposite sex through the years

Other women who’ve had breast reduction surgery, primarily due to physical reasons, report a radical jump in their self-esteem and in their quality of life. No matter what your reason for getting the procedure, know that the results will make a positive difference in your life as a whole.

The doctors and staff at Rowe Plastic Surgery enjoy seeing and hearing about the positive changes to your quality of life. These compassionate breast surgeons do whatever they can to make your procedure smooth, including helping you interact with your insurance company. Contact this plastic surgery practice in Manhattan, Planview, and Water Mill, NY or in Montclair or Red Bank, NJ to start on the path to this life-changing surgery.

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