Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Breast Reduction - Medical and Aesthetical Calling

Breast reduction one of the most sought after surgeries today, and one can guess obesity as a reason of this condition. These surgeries are combined with many other cosmetic surgeries like liposuction or botox or abdominoplasty – tummy tuck. This surgery also is a medical need in cases where activities are hindered or there are back problems due to overly large bosoms. This surgery gives a proportional shape to the body with improvement in the shape and size of these assets.

Though people have whims and fancies of idolizing celebrities, not all should go for such surgical procedures. People with large breasts in proportion to the body, suffering from bra straps indentation, skin irritation, neck or shoulder pain, nipples and areolas pointing downwards, one breast larger than the other or plain dissatisfaction with the shape and size, prove to be good candidates for breast reduction procedure.

Today, teens and adolescents are very conscious about their figures and they strive to achieve the perfect body shape and hence employ such surgeries.

But breast reduction should be done only when the breasts are fully developed. On the other hand, middle-aged women planning pregnancy should not go for such a surgery as child-birth and breast-feeding may have random effects on the size and shape of the breasts. One should keep in mind that the expectations from the surgery should be realistic.

The surgery procedure initially includes the selection of a specific technique for reduction of breast. The commonest method used for this surgery is making three incisions – one near the areola, one from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease under the breast and the third incision follows the natural curve of the crease.

After the removal of excess tissue, skin and fat, the drooping nipple and areola are shifted to the corrective position. The areola is reduced in size as it is stretched when the breasts are larger. The skin above the nipples is brought down and the breast is reshaped. Other procedures like liposuction may be minorly combined to improve the contour under the arm.

If the nipples and areolas are left attached to the underlying tissues, the sensation is preserved and the ability to breast feed may also be preserved, though, it cannot be guaranteed. A detailed surgery can be seen and read about on websites with explanations, and queries can be resolved by asking questions to doctors online.

The other techniques for incision vary on the basis of the expected size and shape of the breasts and the surgeon's recommendation. Some techniques may avoid the incision from the areola to the crease vertically. In case of extremely large breasts, one may have to sacrifice the possibility of breast-feeding to achieve the desired shape and size.