Women with very large, sagging breasts tend to have neck, back and shoulder pain, this affects their ability to perform activities of daily life at home and work. Patients find that a breast reduction greatly benefits them and is one of the most satisfying procedures. Patients have not only relief of their symptoms, but also the ability to exercise better and wear better-fitting clothes.
Patients who are good candidates for a reduction procedure have heavy, possibly sagging breasts, associated with neck, back or shoulder pain, shoulder notching, furrowing from bra straps, irritation or chronic rashes developing beneath the breasts, and difficulty with exercise and physical activity due to the size of the breasts.
The procedure is generally performed under general anesthesia and usually takes two to four hours to complete. One can expect a recovery period of approximately two weeks.