Women with very large breasts may experience a variety of medical problems as a result of excess weight of the breasts. The more common complaints include back and neck pain, bra strap grooving, as well as skin irritation underneath the breasts. In addition, many women find exercise and activity difficult due to the large size of the breast.
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons to reduce the size of the breasts. Because it is performed for medical purposes, it is covered by most insurance carriers.
There are a variety of different techniques to surgically reduce the size of the breasts. The most common is known as the inferior pedicle technique. During this technique, incisions are made around the nipple, vertically down the breast and under the breast fold. Excess skin and tissue are removed to lift and tighten the breast and the nipple is repositioned. Liposuction of the breasts, particularly in the outer quadrants, is sometimes performed at the time of breast reduction surgery. The exact type of procedure will depend on individual patients characteristics and desires.
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