Breast augmentation is a very popular surgical procedure that many women undergo to achieve their desired breast size. However, some patients are beginning to prefer smaller breasts. These women no longer feel satisfied with their large, voluminous bustline and would rather have natural-looking breasts that fit their frame better. Fortunately, plastic surgery procedures, such as breast revision and breast reduction, can help you achieve your goals by reshaping and reducing the size of your breasts.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and glandular tissue to create smaller and more shapely breasts while alleviating the pain associated with breasts that are too heavy. During your surgery, an incision is made around the areola that extends down to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision is made along the fold. Excess tissue and skin are then removed, and the incisions are closed.
What Is Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast revision is performed by removing the breast implants through the original incision, if possible, which can be along the breast crease, around the areola, or through the armpits. New saline or silicone breast implants can also be placed through the same incision. Both breast revision and breast reduction surgery can be combined with breast lift surgery to reposition your breasts for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Ideal candidates interested in undergoing plastic surgery to reduce the size of their breasts must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding their results. If you are an active smoker, you will be asked to quit smoking for a few weeks before and after your surgery. You may also be a candidate for breast reduction or breast revision if you struggle with one or more of the following issues:
- Unsatisfied with your current breast size
- Shoulder irritation from bra straps
- Implant complications
- Skin rashes underneath the breast crease
Other Reasons for Breast Surgery
Whether their breasts are naturally large or have been enhanced using breast implants, some women wish to minimize the size of their breasts due to lifestyle changes. Many patients find that having large breasts inhibits their ability to stay active. Others may have experienced pregnancy or weight fluctuations that have changed the overall appearance of their breasts and body.
Patients can reduce the size and shape of their breasts by having their implants removed or replaced with smaller implants during breast revision surgery. For those with excess breast tissue, breast reduction surgery can also reduce the size and shape of the breasts to create a more petite bustline.
Many women with overly large breasts feel that their breasts are too heavy. The weight of them can cause neck, shoulder, and back pain. Breast reduction surgery can provide women relief by removing excess tissue.
Other women who have breast implants may need to undergo breast revision surgery due to complications like implant rupture or capsular contracture that have occurred. After having their affected implants removed, some women decide to have smaller implants placed during a secondary procedure to accentuate their figure and improve their overall lifestyle.