Though breast augmentation continues to be the most popular cosmetic breast surgery in the U.S, a breast reduction is arguably more beneficial and life-changing for women who undergo the procedure. Complaints associated with overly large breasts are often more compelling than the concerns that lead to breast augmentation. Dr. Ryan Couvillion of Luminary Plastic Surgery is an experienced plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breasts, body, face, and skin. Dr. Couvillion has helped numerous women in Houston, TX improve their appearance, get relief from their symptoms, and boost their confidence with a breast reduction procedure.
What is a breast reduction?
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing breast tissue and fat. The excess skin is then removed, ultimately lifting the breasts to a higher position on the chest.
Who could benefit from a breast reduction?
The decision to have a breast reduction is a personal one. While some women choose to undergo a breast reduction for purely cosmetic reasons, the majority of breast reduction patients pursue the procedure in response to physical and emotional symptoms that interfere with their quality of life. Eight of the most common signs that you may need a breast reduction are:
- Neck pain: Carrying the weight of significantly large breasts can take a toll on a woman’s body. This is particularly true when it comes to the burden on the muscles in the neck.
- Poor posture: The weight of excessively large breasts can cause a woman to slouch or stoop, leading to chronic poor posture and other aches and pains.
- Numbness: Patients with overly large breasts often report numbness or tingling in their hands and arms. This is caused by pressure that is placed on the nerves from the weight of the breasts.
- Loss of nipple sensation: In addition to numbness in the hands, tension and pulling on the nerves can cause many patients to lose sensation in their nipples.
- Bra discomfort: Patients with large, heavy breasts may have a hard time finding comfortable undergarments. Even with a supportive bra, the weight and size of the breasts can cause painful bra strap and underwire indentations.
- Skin irritation: Women who need a breast reduction may experience frequent rashes, yeast infections, and other irritations in the crease of their breasts.
- Difficulty exercising: Running, walking, swimming, and other physical activities may be difficult, uncomfortable, or even impossible for patients with overly large breasts.
- Psychological distress: The physical problems associated with overly large or heavy breasts can lead to depression and anxiety for many women. A lack of self-esteem and self-confidence associated with disproportionately large breasts can be detrimental to a patient’s emotional health and overall quality of life.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a breast reduction may be beneficial. The first step in determining if a breast reduction is right for you is to be evaluated by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Ryan Couvillion and the caring team at Luminary Plastic Surgery understand the sensitive nature of the decision to undergo a breast reduction. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Couvillion will take time to thoroughly assess your case, discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and recommend a surgical plan that can best help you achieve your goals.
Will I have scars after a breast reduction?
A breast reduction requires incisions and the removal of excess skin after breast tissue has been taken out, meaning there will be scars present. Most often, patients will have "lollipop" scars that go vertically up the center of the breasts and around the nipples. The scars will fade over time, and patients generally report that the physical and psychological improvements after surgery are well worth any visible scarring.
Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?
In general, breast reduction candidates are in good health, refrain from tobacco use, and have no contraindications to general anesthesia or surgery. It is recommended that women seeking a breast reduction wait until they are finished having children, as future pregnancies and weight fluctuations may impact the results of the procedure.
The best way to determine if a breast reduction may be right for you is to contact Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion. Take the first step toward boosting your confidence, relieving your pain, and changing your life with a breast reduction.