Six viable options breast reduction surgery is right for you

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Large breasts can be a chore to live with. They can cause neck and back pain. They can get in the way. They can make certain sports or other activities difficult. Perhaps you are uncomfortable with the attention they can draw. Then there’s the grooves in your shoulders that bra straps can create. Ouch.

Breast reduction surgery may be performed to alleviate physical discomfort, improve your self esteem, and improve your emotional wellness. If the procedure is done to relieve pain or other medical issues insurance may cover part or all of the operation.

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We call this procedure mammoplasty and it changes the size, weight, shape, and firmness of the breasts. It can be performed at any age but is generally recommended for patients whose breasts are fully developed and pregnancy won’t be an issue in the future. Pregnancy can alter breast tissue and cause complications for breast feeding.

  • Experience chronic neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Have difficulty sleeping due to breast size
  • Your bra straps dig into your shoulder
  • Experience rashes or irritation under your breast crease
  • Have limited physical activity
  • Have difficulty finding clothes and bras that fit

If you fit these criteria then you may be a candidate for a mammoplasty:

You are physically healthy and don’t smoke. You feel your breasts are too large but have reasonable expectations of the eventual outcome. Also, if you feel like your breasts get in the way of physical activity. If you fill these criteria then talk to us here at Ortega Plastic Surgery.

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ACCORDING TO WEBMD.COM Women who have breast reduction surgery are often extremely satisfied. It can make the breasts smaller, firmer, lighter, and more evenly proportioned. It usually relieves the physical discomfort and pain caused by large breasts.


  • Scars. Breast reduction surgery always leaves visible scars on the breasts. But how bad the scars are varies from person to person and by the type of incision. Although red and swollen at first, scars typically fade over time. But scars may remain very noticeable in some women long after surgery. Fortunately, the incisions usually can be limited to areas of the breast that can be covered by a bra.
  • Unevenly positioned nipples, or breasts that are not the same size or shape.
  • Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. This is often temporary, lasting a few months. But in some women it lasts much longer or becomes permanent. Because some women with large breasts do not have a lot of feeling in their breasts before surgery, this may not be a concern.
  • Inability to breast feed after surgery. Some women may still be able to breast feed, depending on what type of reduction was done.


A condition called gynecomastia can cause enlarged breast tissue in men. This can be brought on by several things like certain medications, weight gain, or hormonal imbalance. Male bodybuilders who abuse steroids that aromatise. When the body senses too much testosterone or a testosterone like substance (anabolic steroids), it tries to reduce the level by a process called aromitization. This converts the testosterone to estradiol, an estrogen like substance. All men have some glandular tissue. If there is also genetic receptor sensitivity, the increased estradiol level will stimulate this tissue to grow.  Pain and strain aren’t really the issue for guys with this condition, it’s more psychological, they may not want to wear snug clothes or have bare chests at the beach.

If you feel like you’re in constant pain, are tired of wearing ill fitting clothes and are ready to feel and look better please call us. The board certified plastic surgeons here at Ortega Plastic Surgery in Pensacola have the skills and talent to set you on the path to pain free confidence.