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Are Smaller Breasts a New Trend?

Posted September 14, 2017 in Breast Reduction

Girl wearing in bra measures her breast measuring tapeBreasts are important to many women. They are a symbol of femininity, and having symmetrical, round breasts is ideal to most women. Large, perky breasts have traditionally been popular. However, it seems the trend is leaning more toward smaller breasts and nipples. Some women no longer want voluminous breasts that stand out but would rather have natural-looking breasts that fit their bodies. Why are women opting for smaller breasts and nipples, and how can they achieve this goal?

Changes in Lifestyle

Many women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery may want to reduce the size of their breast implants due to lifestyle changes. Some might find that having large breasts inhibits their ability to stay active, such as when participating in sports or high-impact exercises. Others might have gone through weight fluctuations or pregnancy that has changed the overall appearance of their breasts and body. Some women do not like how clothing fits over larger breasts and feel that smaller breast will provide them with more fashion options. Patients can reduce the size of their breasts by having their implants removed or replaced with smaller implants during breast revision surgery. Breast revision is performed by removing the breast implants through the original incision, if possible (either along the breast crease, around the areola, or through the armpits), and new saline or silicone breast implants are placed through the same incision.

Breast Implant Complications

Some women do not desire smaller breasts but need breast revision surgery for another reason. Although breast augmentation is a safe and effective procedure, there are always risks and complications associated with any surgery. When complications such as implant rupture or capsular contracture arise, implant removal or replacement might be necessary. Some women decide to have smaller breast implants placed during a secondary procedure to fit their body or lifestyle better.

Pain Associated With Pendulous Breasts

Large breasts can be flattering on some women but painful for others. Breasts that are overly large can be too heavy on the body, causing neck, shoulder, and back pain. Breast reduction surgery can be performed to remove excess glandular tissue to create smaller, more shapely breasts while alleviating the pain associated with pendulous breasts. An anchor-shaped incision is made around the areola that extends down to the breast crease, where a horizontal incision is made across the fold. Excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the incision is sutured closed. Women can feel more comfortable in their body and clothing with breasts that better fit their figure.

If you are interested in reducing the size of your breasts, Dr. Tim Alexander can help you decide on the right procedure to help you achieve your goals. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (954) 589-0722 or by filling out our online contact form.