Many women around the world suffer from symptoms related to enlarged breasts. There are normally two conditions responsible for these symptoms: macromastia (excessive breast enlargement) and morbid obesity. In 2009 over 78,000 breast reduction procedures were performed in the United States. The breast reduction surgery is fairly straight-forward, taking about three to four hours to deliver. It is very similar to a breast lift (mastopexy), except that the breast tissue is excised. The majority of the patients that undergo this procedure are able to recover at home.
Overly large breasts can effect various issues, some more serious than others. Some of the symptoms of enlarged breasts include:
- Excessive back and shoulder pain
- Skin rashes under the breasts
- Pain from bra strap grooving
- Inability to exercise
- Feelings of unattractiveness
Should I have weight loss or breast reduction surgery first?
Because many obese patients today have severe breast enlargement, they are now considering both massive weight loss surgery (gastric bypass, lap band, etc.) and breast reduction surgery. From this, the question arises: Which operation should I have first, breast reduction or gastric bypass?
Commonly the answer lies in the severity of symptoms related to the enlarged breasts. There is no question that a breast reduction surgery provides almost instantaneous relief of most symptoms, namely back pain, shoulder pain, and rashes.
There have also been previous reports showing that breast reduction surgery can be a stimulus for further weight loss.
Rarely considered is what will happen to the volume and shape of the breast tissues when a breast reduction patient then goes on to lose massive amounts of weight after the surgery. Since breast tissue is comprised of significant amounts of fat, subsequent weight loss will certainly result in a further decrease in breast volume.
Dr. Brenner sits down with you, the patient, and goes over the best course of action to pursue, whether to go with a weight loss procedure or the breast reduction surgery first. Dr. Brenner specializes in performing breast reduction surgery in Beverly Hills at his office. He aims to provide the best shape possible for the new, reduced breasts, while also taking into consideration the changes future weight loss may bring. This is to ensure that your breasts keep their full and natural beauty.
Candidates for a Beverly Hills breast reduction surgery by Dr. Brenner would be patients suffering from symptoms such as chronic back pain, shoulder pain, and rashes under the breasts. Women who simply want to reduce the size and shape to get the most natural-looking shape for their breasts are also perfect candidates for a breast reduction surgery.