Breast Reduction - what you need to know
Large breasts are often considered desirable and sexy and science will tell you that as humans we (men in particular) see large breasts as a sign of fertility. However while there is a definite attraction, they have a purpose, ultimately and this is to breast feed a baby. So why are we attracted to larger breasts? Evolutionary psychologists will tell you that rounded buttocks was a visual indication of fertility and youth. This was because oestrogen encouraged fat storage in these parts of the body. Many psychologists believe that in these modern times attraction to large breasts comes from their similarity to buttocks.
However, no matter what you believe, or do not, large breasts can be good for males, but not so great for females. If you have large breasts you’ll understand that it can cause a range of discomforts including;
- Back ache
- Neck pain
- Breast pain
- Bra strap grooves
- Problems when it comes to running and sports.
Most commonly though, women with large breasts tend to feel that they are seen for their breasts (and their size) not for the person they are. This makes most females with large breasts self conscious and therefore uncomfortable.
So what can you do about reducing your breast size. In most cases there are two great reduction options for you; 1. Traditional breast reduction and 2. Breast Liposuction. Each has it’s Pros and Con’s.
This is where breast tissue is removed to reduce your overall breast size to something smaller and hopefully less painful. There are Pro’s and Cons though.
- Your surgeon can reduce your breast to any size you wish. There are no real limits.
- Elevation of breasts is possible, meaning you get ‘perkier’ breasts.
- The scars from this technique are generally larger in particular around the areola. The scar will generally around the areola and also between the areola and the breast crease.
- Areola is often reduced in size.
- Recovery is longer than other forms of breast reduction surgery.
- Breast feeding can become complicated.
- Skin removal is required as excess skin will become an issue once the breast is reduced. The skill of the surgeon becomes paramount here to ensure the scar is minimised.
2. Breast Liposuction
This procedure is like any form of Liposuction where a cannula is inserted into the breast and fat ‘strategically’ removed therefore reducing the breast size considerably. So here are the Pro’s and Con’s.
- Very small, if any scars. In most cases these small puncture marks will not be noticeable.
- Size reduction will be dependant on the amount of fat within the breast that can be removed. In some cases this may not be enough for the patient. In these circumstances traditional breast reduction would be recommended.
- There will be slight elevation of the breast, making them perkier, however it will not be as elevated as what can be achieved through traditional breast reduction.
- Traditional breast reduction requires some skin to be removed, to ensure the share of the breast can be maintained. With Liposuction this is not done.
- The extent of reduction may also be limited by the elasticity of the skin. If the skin does not look like it will ‘bounce back’ it may be necessary to have a traditional breast reduction procedure.
- Breastfeeding will unlikely be affected by Liposuction, when compared to traditional breast reduction techniques because the breast glands are not damaged.
Keeping in mind that you may not a have choice, depending on your individual situation. Which technique is best for you it will come down to how you dress and interact socially. For example if you prefer to go to the beach and bathe topless then the liposuction reduction technique might be the best option for you, given the low scarring possibilities. If this is less important to you however you wish to have a ‘lift’ at the same time then a more traditional procedure is probably more appropriate.
Whatever your choice, at me clinic we recommend you attend a consultation with a qualified surgeon to ensure you make an informed choice. It is important to remember that all surgery comes with risks and you should be aware of those risks before choosing any invasive procedure.