Among breast procedures, breast augmentation tends to attract the most interest and attention. Larger size is not the goal of all women who choose breast surgery. Some patients, particularly women with small frames, find that disproportionately large breasts limit their freedom and cause physical — and at times emotional — discomfort.
Pain in the back, neck and shoulders, poor posture and awkwardness in social situations are some of the possible side effects of overly large breasts. Breast reduction reduces volume, sculpts an elegant shape and adjusts the nipple for women who seek to attain a better quality of life with a slimmer profile.
What happens during the procedure?
Breast reduction begins with a vertical incision, removal of excess fat and skin, and then a general tightening of skin and tissue. Dr. Funt will carefully reshape each breast, and often reduce the size of the areola to match the more compact dimensions of smaller breasts. In some cases the areola and nipple will need to be repositioned. When breasts have significant sagging, Dr. Funt will restore natural contours by lifting each breast. The surgery typically lasts about two hours.
How soon will I notice a change?
Your final results will unfold gradually over a period of two to three months. Because of swelling, the breasts will actually seem larger than you expected in the first few weeks. Swelling takes time to subside, and your final result may not emerge for as long as a year. During the healing process, it is not uncommon for one breast to heal faster than the other, creating a temporary imbalance in the appearance of the reshaped breasts. One immediate effect of the surgery is relief from the back, neck and shoulder pain that oversized breasts may have caused.