Interest in plastic surgery is at an all-time high, but stigma and misinformation still surround the industry and the patients. Welcome to Life in Plastic , a new series by Allure that aims to break down cosmetic procedures and provide all the information you'll need to make whatever decision is right for your body — no judgment, just the facts. Here, we're covering everything you need to know about breast reduction surgery. Note: This article contains images of breasts.
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I recently saw a female college student as a new patient consultation in my office concerning possible breast reduction surgery. This procedure, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic macromastia large breasts. The commonly reported symptoms related to macromastia are neck, shoulder and back pain caused by the weight of overly large breasts upon the musculoskeletal system. Other secondary symptoms can include breast pain and dermatitis or rashes beneath the breasts. The college student was referred to me by her gynecologist and arrived with a prescription recommending a consultation with a plastic surgeon due to her condition. The patient was under the common impression that because she was referred to me by another physician, that the suggested surgery would automatically be covered by her health insurance plan.
Breast reduction surgery reduction mammoplasty removes some of the tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It can also make the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple areola smaller. To remove tissue and skin from the breast, the surgeon first makes one or more cuts in the breast.
Breast reduction surgery has been shown to boost self-esteem and quality of life for women with large breasts who may experience back or neck pain, skin rashes or difficulty exercising. Learn some of the benefits and risks. For women with very large breasts, having a reduction can feel like — quite literally — having a weight lifted off of their chest.