Bloomfield Hills, MI – When you think of a breast augmentation procedure, chances are good you think mostly about breast implants, and women desiring to make their bust larger. But for some women who have naturally large busts, they know 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. A 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 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, breathing and sleeping issues, and pain.
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.”
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 surgery can participate in physical activities they never were able to before.
It is important to remember that breast reduction is surgery, so patients must be in good overall health prior to the procedure.
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Ali uses one of two different incision types, depending on your breast size and post-surgery 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.
There will be discomfort for a few days, and 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.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can gain back confidence and reduce physical pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today.
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