Why Breast Reduction?
Large breasts are heavy. In a moderate breast reduction, Dr. Bresnick may remove a pound of tissue or more per breast. This may not sound like a lot of weight, but when you’re carrying it around every minute of every day, it can really take a toll on your body. Breast reduction surgery helps alleviate the physical strain caused by heavy breasts.
The physical benefits of reduction mammoplasty include:
- Reduction in back and neck pain
- Improved posture
- No more painful indentations from bra straps on the shoulders
- Fewer headaches and migraines
- Alleviation of skin irritation and rashes under the breasts and on the abdomen
- Better breast symmetry
- Easier to maintain weight through exercise
Breast reduction also improves quality of life. Patients experience emotional and lifestyle benefits that include:
- Improved clothing fit and selection
- Increased confidence
- Less embarrassment over breast appearance
- Easier to exercise
These benefits vary from patient to patient. We can give you a better idea of the positive changes you may experience after your reduction mammoplasty consultation with Dr. Bresnick.
Recovery After Reduction Mammoplasty
We’ll perform your breast reduction procedure at the Encino Surgicenter, which is right next door to our office. Most women return home later that day to recover. We recommend that a trusted adult to drive you home and to remain with you for the first day.
We want you to be comfortable throughout the recovery process and use a variety of techniques including long-lasting anesthetic and medication to reduce any discomfort. Most patients find the procedure to be easier than they expected with rest and the good care which is provided.
We see out patients often during the recovery process. For the first week, you should plan to have a friend, family member, or a transport service bring you to appointments. After that, you can drive yourself to your appointments. For patients who have a desk-type job, you should be able to return to work in 7-10 days. Patients with strenuous jobs may need several weeks off from work. It is generally safe to resume exercise in 4-6 weeks.