Noncosmetic Reasons to Have Breast Surgery

When you think about breast surgery, what likely comes to your mind is getting a breast augmentation in order to increase the size of your breasts, change their shape, or change where they sit on your chest. However, many women undergo breast surgery for noncosmetic reasons as well, and we discuss these reasons in this blog.

Breast reconstruction

Breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies, double mastectomies, or even lumpectomies often look to breast reconstruction surgery for many different reasons. The decision to have breast reconstruction surgery is very personal and unique to each woman. Dr. Nirvar DiGeronimo at DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery sits down with you and goes over your specific situation and options in order to achieve the best outcome possible.

Surgeons typically recommend that breast reconstruction surgery be planned for and performed at the same time as breast removal, because the nipple and surrounding skin better retain their shape and elasticity, as opposed to opting for reconstructive surgery down the road. This allows for a smoother and more natural transition and appearance. That being said, it’s still possible to undergo breast reconstruction surgery at any time after having breast removal surgery. Breast reconstruction can also be done on a nonaffected breast in order to match the breast that underwent a mastectomy.

Breast reduction

Many women develop breasts that are too large for their frame to support, causing an array of health issues. Breast reduction surgery helps correct those issues and provides much-needed relief.

Having breasts that are too large — also known as macromastia  — can make it difficult to perform some physical activities without pain or obstruction, including running or jumping. The excess weight caused by macromastia can lead to shoulder, back, or neck pain, and may require pain medications.You may also experience chronic skin irritation or rash in connection with macromastia.

Aside from the physical malaise that comes with having breasts that are too large, it’s not uncommon to experience emotional distress or other mental health issues as well. Deciding to have breast reduction surgery is also quite personal, and should be discussed with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. DiGeronimo.

Whether you’re looking to reconstruct your breasts after surviving breast cancer, or you’re tired of having back aches due to the size of your breasts, DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery is here to help. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. DiGeronimo, or request an appointment online.

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