Breast Reduction Overview

Breast Reduction in women is the procedure done to decrease breast size for those suffering from the pain and discomfort of heavy breasts. It is also performed to correct breasts that are of two different sizes: Bilateral breast reduction refers to the reduction of both breasts, while unilateral breast reduction refers to the reduction of only one breast when one is noticeably larger than the other. If you have disproportionately large breasts that are causing pain in your shoulders, neck, and back as well other physical and emotional symptoms, you may want to consider breast reduction surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast reduction has increased 146% since 1992 and one of the reasons for this increase in popularity is the satisfaction patients feel from their results.

The first step is to schedule a thorough consultation with Dr. Moelleken if you are considering this procedure. During your initial visit, Dr. Moelleken will take a detailed medical history, including whether or not you have ever had a lump removed or any other medical conditions affecting your breasts. It is important that you are completely honest during your consultation including the reasons you are seeking a breast reduction including any emotional and physical issues you have experienced. Photos will be taken of your breasts and they will be measured. You will be instructed how to prepare for your surgery and how to plan for your recovery. During your consultation, Dr. Moelleken will also decide how much breast tissue should be removed to achieve your desired results.

Finally, he will discuss the several types of breast reduction procedures available and which one is best for you including:

  • Pedicle Method
  • Free Nipple Graft
  • Wise Pattern Incision
  • Vertical Incision
  • Liposuction/Liposculpture
  • Stevens Laser Bra
  • Breast Reduction with Lift

It is also important to note that breast reduction surgery is not just for women. Men who have conditions such as Gynecomastia (male breasts are abnormally enlarged usually by a subtle imbalance of hormone metabolism) may also seek a breast reduction. While they do not typically suffer from the pain and discomfort associated with abnormal breasts as women do, they suffer from the visual appearance and embarrassment of this condition. One in three men suffer from Gynecomastia and breast reduction surgery for men has increased 142% as well.

Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to your breast reduction. The results of your surgery will be long lasting and your more natural-proportioned figure will boost your self-confidence. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Moelleken today and let him transform the breasts that have made you miserable to breasts that you can be proud of for years to come.

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Breast Reduction Facts

Many women dislike the appearance and size of their breasts. This can be connected to our culture, since breasts are seen as a crucial part of a woman’s sexuality and we are confronted constantly with images of what is regarded “the perfect bosom.” Changes that occur with aging, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, weight gain, and weight loss generally cause us dissatisfaction but we can also experience discontent from genetic abnormalities. As with most parts of the body, the natural size a woman’s breasts will become is based largely on genetics. Macromastia is a condition that exists when a woman’s breast becomes extremely large. Also known as breast hypertrophy, Macromastia can cause significant medical, physical, and psycho-emotional problems.

Breasts develop differently for everyone and their shape and size changes throughout a lifetime. Each month, you may feel swelling in your breasts before your period is due and this sensation disappears as soon as your period begins. Pregnancy and childbirth is a time of breast growth, when milk glands develop and milk is produced. Higher estrogen levels or hormonal increases due to pregnancy and lactation can increase breast size even more and once your breastfeeding is stopped, your breasts will change their shape again. Later in life, the size of your glands decrease allowing fat content to increase and this causes some women’s breasts to grow larger, while others experience the opposite effect.

It is ironic that the two most popular breast procedures in cosmetic surgery are breast augmentations and breast reductions. Women with small breasts seek a larger bust while women with too much breast tissue wish for a smaller, more manageable size. If your breasts are too large, most people do not appreciate how an extra 15 pounds of breast weight can prevent you from participating in many physical activities. Being well-endowed causes skin rashes, skin irritations, uncomfortable grooves indented in your shoulders from your bra straps, and a decrease or loss of nipple sensation. Besides physical limitations, for many women overly large breasts causes extreme self-consciousness. A lot of women feel that people constantly stare at their attributes so they wear baggy clothing and spend less time interacting in social situations. They overcompensate for their size by stooping to hide their breasts, which also affects their posture.

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In some cases, you may not even realize the long-term consequences large breasts can cause to your physique. The human body is a functional machine that works best when kept in balance. Adding additional weight will naturally lead to overcompensation to prevent gravity from doing its’ job. This correction forces your neck and shoulder muscles to support weight in a manner they were not designed for as well as your back. If you have large breasts compared to your physical size, back pain can be excruciating. Your body has a spinal curve that acts like a shock absorber, and the curves are set at an angle to create maximal effect. If these curves change, stress is placed on your spine and back pain will develop. You place strain on the muscles in your upper back as well and this causes compensation in your pelvis and lower back, which can lead to as much low back pain as upper back pain. When you exercise, it can feel as if your upper back is tearing apart as the muscles strain to hold the weight. Even if you wear a well fitting bra, the pressure on your shoulders allows the same process to occur.

If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts and you suffer painful problems from having breasts that are naturally too large, one of the best solutions is breast reduction surgery. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, this is an excellent procedure and one of the most transformative cosmetic breast surgeries Dr. Moelleken performs. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are frequently seeking relief from the physical and emotional problems caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction surgery will solve these problems by making your breasts more proportional to the rest of your body. Along with the positive cosmetic changes, a breast reduction will make significant changes to your self-esteem. Contact us today and during your consultation Dr. Moelleken will be able to assess whether breast reduction surgery is a suitable option for you.

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