Women that live with uncomfortably large breasts know what it is like to have shoulder and neck pain, difficulty exercising, and the embarrassment of dealing with unwelcome stares or comments. Having breasts that are too large for your frame affects so many parts of your life. At Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D. understand the importance of creating a surgical result that not only looks fantastic soon after surgery but provides a patient with lasting beauty for many years to come.
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Candidates for Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery is safe for most adults of all ages. Generally speaking, female patients who experience pain, discomfort, and soreness as a result of the excessive weight of their breasts make good candidates for the procedure. Other symptoms that these women may experience include:
- Inability to participate in exercise or physical activities
- Irritation underneath the breast
- Indentations in the shoulders caused by bra straps
- Women who wish to enjoy a more proportional and aesthetically pleasing set of breasts
About the Procedure
The breast reduction procedure is typically performed through an incision shaped like an anchor, which is made around the areola and down the underside of the breast. Dr. Marcia Byrd can then remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. The nipple and areola are then moved to their new position. Skin is shaped around the areola to give the breasts a new, uplifted contour. In general, the more skin that’s cut, the more it is possible to shape the breast. Once she has brought the breasts down to your desired size, the incisions are closed with fine sutures.
For the first few days, you need to limit your activities and movement to prevent breaking the stitches and stretching the scars. Most women can return to work after one to two weeks. Overhead lifting and strenuous movements should be avoided for several weeks.
Aftercare and Recovery
Recovery from breast reduction surgery is similar to that involved with other breast procedures such as breast augmentation and a breast lift. Patients should allow enough time for the body to heal before returning to work or other daily activities. For most patients, this means resting for approximately two weeks. Pay attention to your body’s unique timing and healing abilities to determine when it’s best to return to work.
- Soreness for two or three days
- Pain is greatest within the first 48 hours, but improves with each day. Pain medication can be provided if needed.
- The gauze dressing will be removed after the first day and a surgical bra will be worn for a few weeks.
- Stitches will be removed about two weeks after the surgery.
- Breasts may be bruised, and there may be temporary numbness around the nipples, and random shooting pains.
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like more information about breast reduction, call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!