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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast Reduction Surgery Can Change Your Life!

When most people think of breast surgery, chances are good that they are thinking about breast implants for women desiring to make their bust larger. But many women who have naturally large breasts know that bigger isn’t always better.

“I see many women who come to me with very real and painful side effects from their large breast size,” says MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. “Back, neck and shoulder pain, grooves from bra straps digging in as they support the weight of the breast, and discomfort when exercising are very real issues women with large breasts deal with. But they don’t have to.”

Having a beautiful bust line doesn’t mean that your breasts have to be extremely large. Breast reduction surgery can reduce the weight of heavy breasts, while also making them more beautiful. Removing excess fat, tissue and stretched skin, Dr. Ali can sculpt breasts that aren’t just smaller, but more beautiful than ever before. In addition to removing excess tissue to make the breasts smaller, reduction surgery can also lift and shape the breasts.

Physical Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

In a 2012 study published in an issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers found that women who underwent a breast reduction surgery had high levels of satisfaction. Physical improvements including a reduction in headaches, improved breathing, better sleep, and above all the elimination of back, neck and shoulder pain.

For women with large breasts, it can be difficult finding clothing and bras that fit properly. After a breast reduction, women find their wardrobe choices increase, and they happily report they can wear clothes they never would have been able to before.

Another area women may have problems with before surgery is exercising. They can experience extreme physical discomfort from the weight and size of their breasts, but after breast reduction surgery can participate in physical activities they never were able to before.

Psychological Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

But there are also many psychological improvements women see, too. Having extremely large breasts can make women uncomfortable and self-conscious, and may lead to issues with depression and anxiety.

“After a breast reduction surgery, patients are often happier and more confident,” says Dr. Ali. “They spent years trying to hide their large bust, but now, they face the world confidently, and without physical pain. Their bodies are more in proportion, so their self-esteem greatly improves.”

How Breast Reduction Surgery is Performed

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia – which means that the patient is “put to sleep” and not conscious during the surgery. Dr. Ali  typically uses one of two different incision types, depending on the patients breast size and their post-surgery appearance goals.

The first is a three-part incision technique, known as an anchor incision. The incisions are made around the areola, first vertically to the crease beneath the breast and then horizontally beneath the breast, paying close attention to follow the natural crease of the breast.

The other incision type is referred to as the lollypop technique. In this surgical technique, Dr. Ali will take great care to limit the incision to around the nipple and straight down the fold of the breast, eliminating the need for the horizontal incision along the crease of the breast.

Dr. Ali will remove the desired amount of excess fat and tissue, and carefully reposition the nipple and areola. He can also reduce the size of the areola to fit better with the new breast size. Dr. Ali will then take great care to contour the breast to provide you with the most beautiful result following surgery.

Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery

There will be discomfort for a few days, and you will be given medication to control any post operative pain. Bruising and swelling will begin to go away over the weeks following surgery. Patients will have drains to help remove excess blood and fluid, but the drains will be removed after a few days. To heal properly, patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery

Living with oversized breasts can be more than just an aesthetic concern. It can be a physical and emotional burden, impacting your daily life and confidence. If you’re considering breast reduction surgery in the Bloomfield Hills area, understanding who makes a good candidate is crucial. Dr. Ali, renowned for his meticulous approach and commitment to natural-looking results. To begin with, it is important to remember that breast reduction is an extensive surgery, so patients must be in good overall health prior to the procedure. Patients must also not smoke before or after the procedure because smoking interferes with the body’s ability to heal.

Physical Considerations for Breast Reduction Surgery

Ideally, women with breasts at least two cup sizes larger than their proportional frame are optimal candidates. This ensures noticeable improvement in comfort and appearance.

Chronic pain in the neck, back, shoulders, and breasts due to excessive weight in the chest is a strong indicator that a woman will benefit from breast implant surgery. Difficulty exercising or participating in daily activities due to breast size also typically qualifies a woman for breast reduction surgery.

Additionally, overstretched skin with visible striae (stretch marks) can benefit from the tightening effect of breast reduction surgery.

Emotional Considerations for Breast Reduction Surgery

Feeling self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance, avoiding certain activities, or experiencing limitations in clothes that properly fit you due to breast size can significantly impact your daily life. Breast reduction surgery can help a woman be comfortable in her own body so that she can enjoy life with confidence and self-assurance.

Understanding the surgical process and recovery is also crucial. Commitment to maintaining a healthy weight after surgery is also key for long-lasting results. Feeling emotionally prepared to handle the changes associated with breast reduction surgery is also essential. Dr. Ali offers comprehensive consultations to address any concerns or questions you may have before breast reduction surgery and ensure you’re well-informed throughout the journey.

Vectra 3D: See Your Breast Reduction Results BEFORE Surgery

AMAE Plastic Surgery is among the first and only aesthetic practices in the Bloomfield Hills area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging before breast reduction surgery. This revolutionary imaging system provides a three-dimensional computerized image of your possible breast reduction options from any and every angle – so that Dr. Ali can show you your expected outcomes before your breast reduction surgery.

The Vectra D system enables Dr. Ali to compare the “before and after” breast reduction views side-by-side – so that patients know in advance what to expect. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, you no longer have to leave your results to guesswork, chance or speculation. With Vectra 3D digital imaging you know what your results will be in advance – with no surprises or misunderstandings! Choose skilled Bloomfield Hills area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, and you can see your breast reduction results before your procedure(s) with Vectra’s innovative and advanced 3D computerized imaging.

Studies on Satisfaction with Breast Reduction Surgery

There are numerous studies exploring women’s satisfaction with breast reduction surgery, highlighting its overall positive impact on both physical and emotional well-being.

A 2021 Danish study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that nearly 90% of women were very satisfied or satisfied with their breast reduction results after six months, with the rate remaining at 80% after one year. (Source: Breiting, L. B., et al. (2021). Recent study shows high satisfaction in breast reduction surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 148(2), 411e-418e.)

A 2012 meta-analysis published in the journal JAMA Surgery evaluated 22 studies and reported an overall satisfaction rate of 93.4% among women who underwent breast reduction surgery. (Source: Maxwell, G. P., et al. (2012). Patient-reported outcomes after reduction mammoplasty: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Surgery, 147(7), 667-673.)

A 2023 study published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery found significant improvements in physical and psychosocial quality of life in women after breast reduction, with scores in areas like pain, self-esteem, and body image showing remarkable improvement. (Source: de Oliveira, T. F., et al. (2023). Impact of reduction mammoplasty on the quality of life of women with macromastia: a prospective study. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 76(1), 122-130.)

Breast Reduction Surgery | Bloomfield Hills, MI

Bloomfield Hills area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women get the beautiful, comfortable, proportionate bustline that the desire with breast reduction surgery. He emphasizes an individual and personalized approach to each patient based on her body type, amount of excess tissue and skin, and aesthetic goals. During your breast reduction consultation, he will carefully evaluate your overall health, anatomy, and specific concerns. Then he will tailor the surgery to achieve your unique goals and desired outcome.

If you are living in the Bloomfield Hills area and are considering breast reduction surgery, Dr. Ali invites you to embark on a journey towards comfort, confidence, and renewed freedom. Schedule your consultation today and discover if breast reduction surgery can be the transformative step you’ve been seeking.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can gain back confidence and reduce physical pain, schedule a breast reduction consultation with Dr. Ali today.

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