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Breast reductions more common for comfort, confidence boost

While breast enlargement surgeries are the topic of much conversation, there has been a rise in the opposite procedure: Breast reductions.

“Women often think the bigger the better when it comes to breast size, but the bigger you are, the bigger you look and the worse your back and neck feels,” Sandie Kerrigan, a 5’4″ 47-year-old from Oyster Bay, New York, recently told Newsday. Kerrigan was formerly a DD or E bra size but went down to a C to ease back pain and feel more comfortable with her breast size. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 22,838 joined Kerrigan last year in getting breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty.

“Their quality of life is significantly improved from being able to work out and buy clothes,” one plastic surgeon told the news source. “They can get out of bed without carting all that extra weight around.”

The primary recipient of a breast reduction is a petite woman “blessed” with naturally large breasts. The process includes removing excess fat and tissue from the breast area and reshaping the breast to fit more comfortably to the patient’s frame.

Of course, complications can arise with breast reduction, like any other cosmetic surgery procedure. The more common risks include scarring and a loss of nipple sensitivity, but women considering these procedures should be aware that going to an experienced plastic surgeon can reduce the chances of these side effects occurring. In fact, under optimal conditions, some women can even experience heightened nipple sensitivity, the news source noted.

For some women, their insurance will even cover the procedure if it presents important benefits to their health and quality of life.

If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, contact Maryland Plastic Surgery for more information.

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