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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown offers a variety of breast reduction options to patients in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland. While many women desire larger breasts, others may experience physical and emotional discomforts because of them. You can find relief from overly large breasts with a breast reduction procedure for smaller, more balanced breasts.
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the breasts, helping women achieve a more balanced figure and relieving them of the discomforts that come with large breasts. Breast reduction reduces excess tissue, decreasing size yet leaving a very natural appearance. A breast reduction also includes a breast lift at the same time, in order to remove excess skin and raise the position of the nipples.
A breast reduction can help patients find relief from the following discomforts that are associated with overly large breasts:
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Indentations (grooving) in the shoulders from bra straps
- Irritation and itching under the breasts
- Difficulty finding clothes that fit right
- Discomfort when exercising due to overly large breasts
- Feelings of self-consciousness due to overly large breasts
Breast reduction surgery can reduce discomfort, increase your range of motion, and make it easier to perform your normal routine. We see a significant number of patients who are self-conscious about their large chests. These women often feel as though others are staring or gawking at them, and may even avoid going out in public because of it. Following a breast reduction, most find that the amount of unwanted attention greatly decreases.
Good candidates for breast reduction are those who experience the above concerns that come with having overly large breasts. While some women have naturally large breasts, others may experience enlarged breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. In this case, the breast reduction procedure should generally be delayed until six months after pregnancy or the completion of breastfeeding.
A breast reduction is performed by reducing excess skin and breast tissue to make the breasts smaller. In some cases, liposuction is also recommended to contour the areas surrounding the breast. The exact technique and incisions will be explained to you when you come in for your initial consultation.
After a breast reduction procedure, some swelling and discomfort can be expected. This typically lasts for about 1-2 weeks and patients will want to take some of this time off work to properly recover at home. Patients should also avoid lifting heavy objects or any other movements that may strain the chest muscles for about 4 weeks. Exercise can be gradually introduced after this time, but not until given the OK from Dr. Brown.
If you are anxious to look and feel your best, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown today to schedule your breast reduction consultation. We proudly serve patients from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland.