Breast reduction is designed to make the large, heavy, pendulous breast smaller and more conducive to the persons shape and build. The patient seeking breast reduction tends to be bothered by the painful dragging sensations and backaches due to the weight and bulk of the breasts, as well as difficulty wearing normal clothes and swim wear, and the inability to participate comfortably in recreational activities.
Breast reduction procedures typically result in a mild scar and decreased sensation/circulation in the nipple. Young women considering breast reduction should be advised that breast feeding may not be possible after surgery.
Because of its beneficial effects on the rest of the body (especially the back), breast reduction is generally covered by health insurance. The surgery is done under a general anesthetic, and can usually be done on an outpatient basis.
The patient can usually return to most normal activities within several weeks.