Many women with overly large and heavy breasts have to limit their daily activities and clothing choices because of the size of their breasts. These women often suffer from chronic neck, back and shoulder pain, and rashes or irritation under their breasts. These problems can restrict the level of activity and exercise that the women can tolerate. Women are often self-conscious about their disproportionately large breasts, and have difficulty finding clothes that fit appropriately.
A breast reduction entails the removal of fatty and glandular breast tissue as well as excess skin, to relieve the extra weight. This also results in creating breasts that are more proportionate to the patient’s body, and typically results in a better breast shape and nipple position.
Some breast reduction patients go home the day of surgery, but for some it is recommended that they stay in the hospital overnight. Most women restrict their activity and remain off work for at least one week after surgery, but some women may require additional time to heal.
Patient satisfaction after breast reduction is generally very high. Women often report significant improvement in quality of life after the relief of their chronic pain and rashes, immediately after the proceedure.
Some companies will cover breast reductions if certain guidelines are met.