Normal growth of a woman’s breasts begins within the uterus and goes on throughout puberty, adolescence, and into early adulthood. The breast size is determined by several factors that include genetic makeup, gender, age, environmental influences, hormones and medications, as well as a person’s weight. Many women suffer from having breasts that are larger than what is proportional to their body frame. However, development of abnormally large breasts is known as macromastia. Although, the cause of this anomaly has not been determined, it is believed that one reason for growth of large breasts is from increased sensitivity to the circulating hormone, estrogen.
Breast reduction can be used for both men and women. Large breasts can dominate a woman’s (and a man’s) appearance, creating an unbalanced physical profile while making exercise difficult or even impossible. Overly large breasts not only have considerable physical effects but can also affect self-confidence and even personal relationships. Macromastia can cause back pain, neck pain, breast and chest pain, skin irritations, rash, malodor, skin ulceration, skeletal deformations, and even breathing problems. One of the most commonly seen symptoms is bra strap indentation that can create pain and physical deformity of the shoulders. Women who have lived with macromastia find that after having breast reduction surgery, they are able to enjoy simple pleasures that were not available to them before, such as participating in sports or easily finding clothing off the rack that fits properly. Also, breast reduction surgery can help enhance emotional well-being and improve self-image.
Some of the health risks that are experienced by women with large breasts include:
Musculoskeletal problems involving the back, shoulder, and neck
Chronic inflammation and rash under the skin of enlarged breasts
Symptoms of nerve compression of the arms
Indentations in the skin of the shoulder from strain of bra straps
Tiredness and lethargy from carrying weight of large breasts
Depression and feelings of low self-esteem and self-consciousness
Difficulties in exercising or enjoying physical activities or sports due to macromastia
Limitations in finding clothing that comfortably and esthetically accommodate size of breasts
Mammograms that are painful and require increased measures to ensure accuracy
Breast reduction surgery is technically known as reduction mammoplasty. This is a surgical procedure that brings the breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body by removing fat, excess breast tissue and skin. The areola, or darker skin around the nipple, may be reduced and repositioned as well.
There are various breast reduction techniques. These include:
Scarless breast reduction: This technique is essentially breast liposuction. It removes breast fat with the use of a liposuction cannula without placing any incisions on the breast. The technique is not in demand since it does not offer a breast lift.
Vertical incision breast reduction: This technique places an incision around the nipple areola that extends vertically down on the breast. It is a helpful technique for those who require smaller reductions and less extensive breast lift.
Dermal bra suspension breast reduction and lift: This technique was developed by Drs. Agha and Rubin and has been written in several plastic surgery textbooks. It essentially uses an anchor-type incision to achieve breast reduction. However the breast lift portion of the procedure is far more comprehensive than the standard Wise-pattern breast reduction.
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