Believe it or not, bigger isn’t necessarily better, especially when it comes to breast size.
Both women and men can have disproportionately large breasts. This excess weight can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Persistent skin or rash irritation underneath your breasts
- Difficulty finding bras or clothing that fits properly
- Restricted activity
Having large breasts can also affect your self-confidence.
If you have disproportionately large breasts, it could be time to consider breast surgery. Dr. Jan Garcia Jr. offers breast reduction treatments to ease your physical discomfort and improve your self-esteem at Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas.
How breast reduction works
Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, focuses on removing excess fat and glandular tissue from your breasts. Dr. Garcia uses this procedure to create a breast size more proportionate to your body, which helps eliminate the discomfort caused by excessively large breasts.
During your consultation, Dr. Garcia reviews your personal and family medical history and discusses your symptoms and goals related to your breasts. This conversation includes any emotional issues you may have experienced because of your breast size as well as physical discomfort you may have.
Dr. Garcia also takes pictures of your breasts and measures them, while explaining how much tissue to remove based on your symptoms and overall goals.
In many cases, insurance companies cover breast reduction surgery. Of course, you should contact your provider in advance to learn more about what they cover and any expenses associated with the procedure.
Good candidates for breast reduction
To be considered for reduction mammaplasty, you should:
- Be in good health
- Have physical or emotional symptoms associated with your breast size
- Not be a smoker
- Have realistic expectations for the procedure
Because breast surgery is a major procedure, you should only have this treatment for your own well-being, not someone else’s. If you’re considering having children, losing weight, or haven’t finished fully developing, Dr. Garcia might recommend postponing your surgery.
What to expect during breast reduction
Dr. Garcia personalizes each breast reduction procedure based on your individual needs. Your surgery should take between 3-5 hours and, in most cases, you can go home the same day.
There are different types of breast reduction surgery. The procedure usually starts with Dr. Garcia making an incision around your nipple. Then, he removes your excess tissue, skin, and fat, and improves the contour of your breast. Finally, Dr. Garcia moves your nipple and areola to a higher position to improve the appearance of your breast.
You can expect to miss 1-2 weeks of work or school, but recovery times vary from person to person. It’s also essential to avoid serious physical activity for at least one month while your breasts heal. Dr. Garcia provides instructions based on your individual case. Breast reduction typically causes minimal scarring, which fades over time.
More than 80% of patients report good or very good outcomes from breast reduction surgery. And, you can expect immediate results that only improve in the months to come as your swelling subsides. It’s also a long-term solution, but note that your breast size can change over time due to aging, gravity, and weight fluctuations.
To see if breast reduction can help with your physical and emotional symptoms, contact us at Plastic Surgery Arts Center. You can call, send us a message here on our website, or use our convenient online booking feature to set up your appointment.