Breasts are a critical aspect of a woman’s femininity, self-confidence, and attractiveness. Sometimes, though, your breasts can have a negative impact on your body image and overall health. Breasts that are too big can cause physical issues including chronic neck and back pain that make leading an active lifestyle awkward and uncomfortable. They can also make it hard to find clothing that fits well. You may also simply be embarrassed by your breasts.
If you experience any of these issues, breast reduction surgery could change your life. Once you experience the freedom of literally not being weighed down by your breasts, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to undergo the procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Douglas Cusick is a Kansas City native who has spent decades serving his community. He is committed to helping his patients achieve greater self-confidence through his work.
Dr. Cusick serves Kansas City and surrounding areas of Kansas and Missouri. Call (913) 661-0202 today to schedule a consultation.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery can give a variety of benefits to your health, physical comfort, appearance, and lifestyle, including:
- Increased physical comfort
- Reduction of back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Easier participation in athletic activities
- Improved body-image and self-confidence
- Better fit and feel in tight clothing
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
If the large size of your breasts is negatively impacting your life, you’re likely a good candidate for breast reduction. The surgery can address issues such as:
- Chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain
- Pain caused by bra straps digging into your shoulders and back
- Difficulty engaging in exercise and other athletic activities
- Posture issues caused by the weight of your breasts
- Chafed or irritated skin underneath your breasts
- Ill-fitting clothing
- Unwanted attention on your breasts in social situations
- Difficulty feeling for lumps during breast self-exams
Additionally, good candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy overall and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. Also, if you smoke, you must be willing to quit before surgery and throughout your recovery process. Finally, you should not get breast reduction if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction is an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia. After you’ve been made comfortable and sedated, Dr. Cusick will make incisions that circle your areolas, extend downward, and follow the natural curve of the creases underneath your breasts.
Then, Dr. Cusick will remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size of your breasts. He’ll tighten the remaining skin and reposition your nipples and areolas to create a more natural, proportionate appearance. Finally, he’ll close the incisions.
Recovery After Breast Reduction
You should arrange for someone to drive you home the day of your procedure, as well as help you around the house for the week after surgery. Dr. Cusick will give you detailed aftercare instructions that you should follow precisely to get the most out of your breast reduction.
Dr. Cusick will provide you with a surgical bra to help support your breasts after surgery. Wear this until he clears you to stop. Plan to take a week off work and avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks after your procedure.
After 6 months to a year, your breasts will settle into their new shape, and your swelling will diminish. This is when you can start getting fitted for new bras and fully enjoying your new physique.
Contact Our Kansas City Plastic Surgeon Today
Dr. Cusick is a skilled, experienced surgeon who is dedicated to helping his patients attain bodies they’re proud of. He serves Kansas City and surrounding areas of Kansas and Missouri. Call (913) 661-0202 today to schedule a consultation