Large, heavy, uncomfortable breasts can result in a number of physical effects, and make a woman feel self conscious about her appearance. If you have disproportionately large breasts, you may want to make a permanent change in their size and shape. At South Texas Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brian F. Burns performs various breast enhancement procedures to augment, lift, or reduce the size of the breasts. In the case of breast reduction, excess tissue and fat can be removed from the breasts to minimize their size and weight. To find out if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, contact our Victoria, TX practice today.
Upper Back or Neck Pain
Patients with large and heavy breasts often experience upper back, shoulder, or neck pain. The weight of the breasts puts strain on these areas of the body, and may result in the need for pain medications, chiropractic care, massage, or other medical treatments.
Bra Indentations in the Shoulders
The weight of overly large breasts often puts excessive strain on a bra’s shoulder straps, causing painful indentations in the shoulders. This may result in the need for special bras to accommodate larger breasts and provide comfort to the shoulder area.
Skin Irritation Between or Under the Breasts
Overly large breasts can rub against each other or against the skin under the breasts. This regular chafing of the skin can result in irritation and painful rashes.
Difficulty Finding Clothing that Fits Properly
Patients with large and heavy breasts may find it difficult to find bras, bathing suits, shirts, and dresses that fit properly. In many cases, these patients will avoid wearing bathing suits or low-cut tops to draw attention away from the breasts.
Patients with large breasts may find that they receive unwanted attention from others. This can make patients feel uncomfortable when going out because they are self conscious about their appearance.
Good candidates for breast reduction should be in generally good health. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease or have an uncontrolled condition, you may not be a good candidate for surgery. In addition, if you take certain medications, such as blood thinners, you would need approval from your primary physician to stop using the medication during and after surgery, or your physician would need to prescribe an alternative medication.
In addition, good candidates for breast reduction should not use tobacco products for a period of a few weeks before and after surgery. Smoking and tobacco use can delay wound healing and increase the risk of infection.
Breast reduction may be performed on patients in their late teens to those in their senior years. The procedure can be performed on large breasts are the result of genetics, hormone changes, or weight gain.
To find out if you are a good candidate for breast reduction, contact South Texas Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Burns will discuss your medical history, current prescriptions, and cosmetic goals with you to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.