Women with very large or pendulous breasts often experience both physical and emotional symptoms. Aside from a negative body image, patients may have back, shoulder, or neck pain, or may have irritation or infections of the skin underneath the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can improve a person’s self-esteem, physical symptoms, and overall quality of life. It consistently ranks among the plastic surgery procedures with the highest patient satisfaction.
At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, we typically perform breast reduction surgery at several of the community hospitals in Richmond’s west end and on the south side, as well as at our private outpatient facility, the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery.
A breast reduction involves the surgical removal of skin and tissue, while simultaneously relocating the nipple to a higher, more youthful position. Furthermore, an over-stretched areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) can be reduced in size as well.
After Breast Reduction
You can expect to wear a fitted post-surgical bra or sports bra (no underwire) during the recovery period until the incisions have healed. A routine mammogram may be necessary before your procedure.