Excessively large breasts, a condition called macromastia, can cause a number of health problems. Besides limiting physical activity, macromastia can also cause neck, shoulder and back pain. Women with this condition can develop a chronic rash under their breasts, and deep grooves under their bra straps. Changes in posture from the weight of heavy breasts can also lead to numbness and tingling in hands and fingers. Large breasts can even make it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
Remedies such as physical therapy, heat or ice packs and pain medication provide only short term relief, and even losing weight has limited benefit for macromastia. A more effective solution is breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty. With this procedure, Dr. Marshall removes excess fat, tissue and skin from your breasts. The result is breasts that are lifted and proportionate to your body, which relieves pain and discomfort and allows for a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Breast reduction surgery at Community Physician Group (CPG) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is done on an outpatient basis, so most patients go home the same day. You’ll receive general anesthesia, which ensures that you remain asleep during the procedure, and local shots are also used to numb the area and reduce pain after the surgery. Dr. Marshall then reduces, shapes and lifts the tissue to achieve a smaller and more symmetrical shape. Stitches are placed in layers to support the breast’s new shape, and the incisions are closed. You may have surgical tape or dressings on your breasts to protect the incisions as they heal. Dr. Marshall locates the incisions so that scars are minimal and easily concealed under a swimsuit or bra.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery is remarkably fast for most women – most feel much better within 24 hours. Pain from the incisions is minimal compared to most surgeries, since no muscles or supportive tissues are cut. And you’ll quickly feel relieved by the reduced strain to your neck and back.
Breast reduction surgery can also enhance your self-image and self-confidence, since your posture and body profile will be improved. However, this isn’t a cosmetic procedure. Macromastia is a recognized medical condition, and most insurance companies cover surgery to relieve its symptoms. At Community Physician Group (CPG) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Marshall will explain every step of your surgery and help you through the insurance approval process.
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