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What if I Want Smaller, Shapelier Breasts?

Although breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures every year, not every woman hopes for larger breasts. Many want just the opposite! Here’s why.

Too Much of a Good Thing?
Excessively large breasts can be troublesome in a variety of ways. It can be difficult to find clothing that is proportioned correctly, and many popular styles may be almost impossible to wear because they aren’t designed with an ample bust in mind. The weight of large breasts can be an issue as well, causing chronic neck and/or back pain and discomfort from ill-fitting bra straps. Large-breasted women may also have a hard time with physical activity, because even with a sports bra, many types of exercise are simply uncomfortable.

Breast reduction surgery is a great option for women who suffer from these issues related to large breasts. While the procedure does reduce breast size, it also allows women to achieve shapelier breasts at the same time. The goal is to have breasts that are more appropriate for the woman’s frame. Incisions may be made in a few different places, based on the technique the plastic surgeon recommends for the individual procedure, and excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed. Often the size of the areola, the area of darker skin surrounding the nipple, is adjusted as well so it is balanced with the new size and shape of the breast. For many women, liposuction can also be used to refine the surgery and further shape the breast.

Physical, Emotional Relief After Surgery
For a woman who has dealt with large breasts for much of her life, breast reduction surgery comes as a great relief. Several recent studies have reported that women note considerable improvements in physical health and quality of life after the surgery. After the procedure, women find that their body proportion is better and it’s easier to shop and to exercise, leading to overall satisfaction with the body.

If large breasts have caused discomfort, back pain, difficulty with physical activity, embarrassment, or insecurity, consider reducing your breast size through surgery. Unlike many other plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction may be covered by insurance; if you’re considering this surgery, check with your provider to be certain. Contact our office for a consultation, and we’ll discuss how you may benefit from smaller, shapelier breasts.

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