Breast reduction is a procedure performed to reduce the volume of the breast. Some women develop very large breasts at the time of puberty, where as others may develop large breasts with hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause. The excessive weight can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps and skin rashes under the breasts. By reducing the size of the breasts, the symptoms caused by the weight will improve. Some women may simply feel the breasts are too large for their frame and want them reduced even when no pain symptoms are present. Usually the areolae are reduced in size along with the breast for a more aesthetic result.
Frequently Asked Questions
A breast reduction may interfere with breastfeeding by limiting the amount of milk produced. Dr. La Via absolutely encourages patients to try to breastfeed if they desire to do so but to anticipate the possible need to supplement.
In alms all cases there will be a scar around the areola and down the front of the breast. Depending on the size of the reduction there can also be a scar along the crease.
Depending on the type of reduction performed, you may have drains in place for one week.