Reducing the Burden of Overly Large Breasts

While it may seem that most women these days are choosing to augment their breasts, women with overly large natural breasts often want nothing more than to downsize. Having overly large breasts can be a literal pain. Their weight can cause neck and back pain. Posture can be a problem. Their disproportional size can make a woman avoid social situations simply to avoid the annoying attention her breasts can garner. Overly large, sagging natural breasts can seem like a lifetime burden.

For these women, Dr. Coleman performs breast reduction surgery to make the breasts smaller and proportional with the rest of the figure.

What is breast reduction?

Reduction surgery with Dr. Coleman is known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. The goal is to make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the figure and to eliminate any discomfort they cause. Breast reduction can feel like a burden has been lifted from a woman and change her overall outlook. Simple things such as buying clothes or a new swimsuit are fun again, rather than an exercise in trying to cover her chest.

How is the procedure done?

For most San Antonio breast reduction patients, Dr. Coleman makes an “anchor” incision. This incision circles the nipple-areolar complex, drops down vertically from the nipple to the crease at the bottom of the breast, and then extends horizontally along the bottom of the breast. He strives to preserve glandular tissue and its connection to the nipples, so that a woman can retain sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed. This isn’t always possible, however.

After making the incision, Dr. Coleman removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. If the nipples are very large, he will reduce their size and move them to a higher position on the breasts. Liposuction may also be used if the breasts have a good deal of fatty tissue.

For moderately large breasts, Dr. Coleman may be able to use what is called a lollipop incision, which circles the areola and drops to the breast crease, but doesn’t extend outward as with the anchor incision.

What is recovery like?

After reduction surgery, the patient will wear a surgical bra to decrease swelling and support the breasts. After the initial week, a support bra will need to be worn 24 hours a day for at least one month. This eliminates any stress on the incisions, which is key to their healing and becoming less visible in the future. There will be some pain for the first three to four days, but it is manageable with pain medication. Most women can return to work within a week, and can get back to most normal activities within one month. Strenuous exercise, particularly jogging or aerobics, will probably need to wait six weeks.

If you feel exhausted by the burden of your large breasts, reduction surgery with Dr. Coleman can change your life. Call him at (210) 251-4362 to schedule a consultation.

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