Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Macromastia is a medical condition wherein a woman’s breast weight exceeds 3% of her total body weight. Excessively large and heavy breasts can be very uncomfortable and disabling for women, including chronic physical pain of the neck, shoulders and back. Many women also report negative psycho-social effects, such as anxiety, anti-social behaviors, low self-esteem and body dysmorphic disorder. Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery that removes excess breast fat and tissue to create lighter, more proportioned breasts for one’s body type.
While weight loss programs and specially designed bras can help relieve some symptoms, the only way to treat macromastia is through surgical correction. Breast reduction surgery offers both physical and emotional benefits for women suffering from excessively large breasts. Many patients report increased self-confidence and a positive impact on their overall quality of life after surgery. Reduction mammaplasty is not only a cosmetic procedure, but also one that can relieve current and future medical complications. Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in plastic surgery with studies continually supporting the many medical benefits of breast reduction. Because macromastia can cause many health related problems, health insurance can help pay for the cost of surgery.
Breast Reduction Benefits
- Relief from physical symptoms, including skin irritation, abrasions and/or rashes from bra straps
- Decreased chance of skeletal deformities
- Decreased risk of breathing complications
- Decreased risk of developing arthritis
- Improved physical appearance and breast symmetry
- Improved posture
- Improved emotional well-being
- Increased self-confidence and self-image
- Increased ability to participate in sports or other physical activities, like jogging and dancing
- Increased ability to fit comfortably into clothes
It is important to consult with a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon to determine candidacy and discuss surgery goals, risks and complications. Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) possess the highest levels of education, training and experience. Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in breast reduction and all types of breast surgery in Manhattan, New York. Dr. Steinbrech underwent eight years of surgical training at the prestigious New York University Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His clinical appointments include Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York University Downtown Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Steinbrech, please contact Gotham Plastic Surgery at (212) 750-0070 or read more online about the many benefits of breast reduction.