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When most people think about breast surgery, they often focus on breast augmentation. However, many women and men visit cosmetic surgeons for breast reduction surgery. Most women do it to alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain. Men do it to deal with a genetic condition or medication causing them to develop fatty breast tissue. 


Besides the physical issues you may face due to having large breasts, there is an emotional burden. Some women with large breasts experience a feeling of insecurity or self-consciousness. That is a valid reason to consider breast reduction surgery. 



What Is Breast Reduction?



Other names for breast reduction surgery are reduction mammoplasty and breast reduction and lift. It is a surgical procedure meant to reduce the size and change the shape of the breasts. The cosmetic surgeon removes breast glandular tissue, fat, and skin to make it smaller and change its position and shape. 


Besides addressing your appearance, this procedure can help relieve the symptoms associated with large breasts. These include soreness, muscle strain, and skin breakdown. This procedure has one of the highest satisfaction rates of all cosmetic surgery procedures. 



Is Reduction Mammoplasty Right for You?



Breast reduction surgery may be right for you if you wish to change the appearance of your breasts or if your large breasts are causing the following:


  • Headaches.
  • Neck strain.
  • Low back pain.
  • Shoulder pain.
  • Skin infections under the breast folds.



Are Your Breasts Too Small for Reduction Mammoplasty?



All breast sizes qualify for this procedure, no matter their size. However, several factors will determine how many breast sizes you can expect to go down. These include the breast volume you have to lose, the incision technique used, the composition of your breasts, and more. 



Are You a Good Candidate for Reduction Mammoplasty?



The weight and size of excess breast tissue can affect your quality of life and impair your ability to do certain things. You may be a good candidate for reduction mammoplasty if:


  • You have realistic expectations.
  • You experience chronic pain and discomfort due to the weight of your breasts.
  • You are physically healthy.
  • You do not smoke.
  • You have shoulder indentations caused by bra straps.
  • You feel self-conscious about your large breasts.
  • You have skin irritation or infection beneath the breast crease.



How Many Sizes Can You Go Down?



Most women considering this procedure seek to reduce their breast size by at least one cup. The breast tissue and fat you remove should create a natural-looking profile. That means having evenly balanced body proportions. You may need to reduce your breast size by another cup size to achieve your desired goal if you have huge breasts. 



How Much Weight Does Breast Reduction Equal?



The current size of your breasts and the breast tissue your surgeon removes will determine the body weight you lose. Generally, the breast tissue eliminated in most procedures ranges from 450 to 600 grams. It is possible to shed as much as one kilogram of body weight if you have exceedingly large breasts.






Breast reduction surgery may be an option if you want smaller breasts. However, it is crucial to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. It would be best if you also discussed the potential pros and cons with a cosmetic surgeon to determine whether the treatment is appropriate for you. 


For more on breast reduction, visit Handal Plastic Surgery at our Boca Raton, Florida office. Call 561-220-6360 to schedule an appointment today.