Mammoplasty—the medical name for a breast reduction surgery—is performed on thousands of women every year. It basically involves the removal of excess tissue from under the breasts to decrease their size and weight, and is usually done on an outpatient basis. The procedure is relatively simple and takes about 2-4 hours to complete.
Both women and men have urethras, the tube that carries urine out of the body. But adult males’ urethras are more than twice as long than those of females, which means bacteria must travel a longer path to infect the system. And since in the entry to the urinary tract in women is closer to the anus than it is in men, gastrointestinal bacteria causing UTIs are more likely to enter.
There are lots of reasons why women get breast reductions; they’re not done just for purely cosmetic purposes, as many people falsely believe. Breast reduction surgery addresses a number of potentially serious medical problems, many of which can lead to other health issues, so making the decision to have one is something to seriously consider.
Women whose breasts are disproportionately large compared to their body size may suffer from considerable physical discomfort. The heavier weight in the breast area may produce musculoskeletal pressure which results in back, shoulder, and neck pain, any of which can lead to strain and poor posture. Further, the friction caused by excess tissue can cause rashes or other types of skin irritation, as can pressure from brassiere straps, which bite into the shoulders. These issues create nerve pain, which can become a chronic condition.
Excess breast weight can also keep an otherwise healthy woman for performing certain activities, from doing everyday tasks to participating in sports or recreational activities; it can also cause clothing not to fit properly, often making movement uncomfortable. These restrictions are not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to the many physical reasons for breast reduction surgery, it is also true they are chosen for the benefit of appearance, but not for purposes of vanity. Women with oversized breasts may feel unnatural, unattractive, or ashamed of their bodies. These feelings can lead to depression, social isolation, relationship problems with their significant others, or other undesirable outcomes, many of which can be devastating in the long run. Surgery is therefore more about just looks—it’s a lifelong investment in self-esteem.
The procedure is considered safe and is performed only after a thorough examination and a precautionary mammogram, and the outlook for recovery is very good. The plastic surgeons at NewCity Medical Plaza can help ensure a smooth procedure and will provide excellent follow-up care. Contact them today for a consultation.