Breast Reduction 4 You!

When it comes to breasts, bigger is not always better — in fact, it can be a nightmare. Overly large breasts can inflict physical discomfort and psychological frustration. They "get in the way", making it difficult to exercise and play sports, and their weight can cause pain by straining neck and back muscles. When a young woman develops very large breasts, she is often the brunt of ridicule and harassment throughout high school and beyond. And let's not even get started with fit problems when shopping for stylish clothes!

While most of the attention seems to focus on women who choose to supplement what they have with implants, each year a substantial number of their sisters choose to have their breasts reduced in size. In 2006 alone, 104,455 breast reduction procedures were performed in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That number was enough to rank the breast reduction fifth overall in reconstructive procedures that year, up 23 percent over 2000.

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty (or mammaplasty), reduces the weight, mass and size of the breasts for whatever reason. Its goal is to alter the size of the breasts to improve the life of the individual.

Several factors must be weighed to determine if reduction mammoplasty is an option for you. First and foremost, you must be in good health, with no active diseases or pre-existing medical conditions. Your skin must have good elasticity so that it can bounce back postsurgery to its former tightness. You must have realistic expectations of the outcome of your surgery, so communication with your plastic surgeon is critical to achieving optimal results.

We have created this site to give you as much information as possible about breast reduction. You need to be informed about the procedure, which is major surgery, and you need to know what your options are. Make sure to do plenty of research before you select a plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.