Breast Reduction Overview Los Angeles

If you are one of the millions of women who suffer with overly large breasts and dream of wearing some of the cute bras you see in the lingerie section of your favorite store, take heart. If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from canyon-like ruts on her shoulders from bra straps that dig in due to overly large breasts, take heart. If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from back ache, neck ache, shoulder ache, and headaches, take heart, for you are not alone.

Overly large breasts cause many problems — physical, as well as emotional. But the good news is that breast reduction surgery can quite literally change your physical well-being and lighten your emotional load. Even the FDA calls breast reductions “good medicine,” because while many people may consider this operation cosmetic, it actually improves health and enables a much healthier lifestyle. It’s beyond cosmetic. It’s beyond rejuvenation. For some, it’s nothing short of getting their life back.

Think large breasts don’t cause that much trouble? Think again. Many women complain of the following:

  • Self-consciousness, poor body image, and depression
  • Difficulty finding clothes that fit
  • Unwanted comments and attention
  • Inability to participate in some sports or exercise
  • Looking out of proportion
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness in arms and hands
  • Breast pain
  • Grooves in shoulders from bra straps
  • Excessive sweating, rashes and even infection
  • Poor posture
  • More difficulty with mammograms

What causes large breasts? Most often it’s just plain genetics, but other factors include Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), virginal hyperplasia (in young girls with a surge of new hormones), pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

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Getting the shape you want

So, what’s the next step once you’ve decided to get a breast reduction. It’s really a four-part process: a consultation, a physical examination, breast reduction surgery, and recovery.

The consultation is important. This is where the physician can learn what you want your breasts to look like, as well as to let you know if what you envision is realistic for your body frame. For instance, some women are so anxious to be relieved of their large breasts that they dream of very small breasts and want a radical reduction. While that can work, it also depends on your body frame. In the consultation the physician will help you to understand which reduction procedures are appropriate for you. You can discuss these options and decide together which route to take.

The physical exam. It is important that you are in good health – both physically and mentally – before going into surgery. Your lifestyle will also contribute: if you are a smoker, please quit smoking now (smoking lowers the body’s ability to deliver important oxygen to all of the organs – very important during surgery and recovery); if you have diabetes you may be asked to maintain a certain level of health before the operation (diabetics may have trouble healing after surgery). Finally, young girls under the age of 18 are often encouraged to wait until their breasts have stopped growing before undertaking a breast reduction.

The breast reduction. There are different techniques and procedures available to you. Based on your consultation, you will have picked the procedure best for you, your body and your goals. You can read more about these procedures in the Breast Reduction Methods section. Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis.

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Recovery. You will notice a difference in breast size immediately. The key to healthy recovery is to follow the doctor’s orders. While some complications are possible, most people heal quickly and are incredibly happy with their results. For the first few days after the surgery you will wear a bra to offer support and minimize swelling. You will continue to wear one of the bras – a surgical bra – for several weeks, around the clock. Again, this promotes healing and helps to ensure you get the breasts you want. Most women take one to two weeks off from work and normal activity; strenuous activity is not recommended for six weeks after the operation.

After a breast reduction you will notice many new things, besides the smaller breasts. You may notice that your back, neck and shoulder aches are improved. You may notice your posture improving. You may notice how much easier it is to find clothes you like and that fit. And most importantly, you may feel better about yourself. And what is more important than that?

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