Breast reduction 101: because large breasts don’t always work in your favour!
For many women, having large breasts isn’t all fun and games. Carrying a few extra pounds around can cause all sorts of issues, from shoulder pains, to back and neck pain, and even rashes caused by bra straps. But breast reduction surgery, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is often misunderstood. Patients who opt for a breast reduction often hear that they should feel “lucky” to have large breasts or asked if they regret their choice. Still, others are oversexualized because of their size. Preconceived notions aside, a breast reduction is intended to increase your comfort, as well as the shapeliness of your breasts. When bras for large breasts and exercises for women with large breasts are simply not enough, a reduction mammoplasty may be the answer. Although breast reduction procedures are covered by OHIP, if you find your breasts are too large for comfort but too small for coverage, you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery at SpaMedica.
Are you a candidate?
Breast reduction surgery decreases the size and weight of your breasts and reshapes them in an aesthetically pleasing way. If you have larger, heavier breasts that are aesthetically displeasing or do not match your body’s form or proportions, you may be a strong candidate for surgery. Women with sagging breasts post-pregnancy, or due to genetics or aging are also candidates. If your areola complexes are enlarged or pointing downward, you may also be considered for an areolar reduction.
The breast reduction procedure at SpaMedica in Toronto: what to expect
The most common approach to breast reduction surgery requires an incision around the areola and a vertical incision extending underneath the breast. This lollipop incision, or short scar reduction minimizes unattractive scars that can sometimes occur in more extensive reduction procedures. Very large breasts do require an incision under the breast, as more tissue must be removed to get the proportions right. This approach is most often combined with Bodytite liposuction for best results. In other cases, breast liposuction or radiofrequency assisted liposuction like VASER and BreastTite can be performed without any incisions, minimizing scars in mild or moderate breast reductions, or can be performed in combination with the incisional approach. Dr. Mulholland will assess your case and recommend the best course of action for you.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed under IV sedation or local anesthesia and takes under three hours. Typically, you can leave 2-3 hours post-op. Most patients are back at low impact activities the next day, and light activity can be started in 7-10 days. Post surgery, a special support bra is worn as a dressing for 2-3 weeks, at which point sutures are removed. Any initial discomfort is easily mitigated with oral medication. When all is said and done, you can expect smaller, shapelier breasts, better mobility, and less strain on the body, particularly if you had previous shoulder and back pain due to larger breasts. The procedure has a high level of patient satisfaction!
Book a consultation with our medical staff at SpaMedica in Toronto today to see if you’re a candidate for a reduction mammoplasty.