Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of overly large breasts. Overly large breasts can cause health issues and emotional problems for some women. In addition to self image issues, it can also cause physical pain and discomfort.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. The procedure is designed to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
It is generally recommended to wait until breast development, child birth and breastfeeding have stopped before undertaking breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction surgery can:
- interfere with some diagnostic procedures
- Ability to breastfeed following breast reduction surgery may be affected.
- Changes in the breasts during pregnancy, or significant weight loss or gain can alter the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery
- Breast and nipple piercings can cause an infection
- Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing surgery, you should quit smoking.