Menopause can affect every part of a woman’s body, including the breasts. For many women, it can affect their physical abilities, as well as their overall health and well-being.
Our head surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, specialises in breast reduction for all ages. With extensive experience in the field, he has the skills and expertise to design a bespoke surgical approach for breast reduction during menopause, taking into account each patient’s unique anatomy and desired aesthetic.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how breast reduction surgery can help you combat some of the issues experienced during menopause, including the benefits of surgery, as well as your suitability for the cosmetic procedure.
How Menopause Affects Your Breasts
There are three main changes you may experience in your breasts during menopause:
- Tenderness – fluid may build up in your breasts, making them feel tender and painful
- Lumps – this can occur during menopause for a number of different reasons, including normal aging and hormonal changes. These lumps are often fluid-filled cysts, but you should always check with your doctor to be sure.
- Size and shape – as you approach menopause, your levels of estrogen will fluctuate and drop, meaning that milk production in your breasts isn’t as effective. The glandular tissue also shrinks, causing your breasts to become less dense, fatty, and prone to sagging.
Can You Have a Breast Reduction After 40?
Yes, it’s completely safe for women over 40 to have breast reduction surgery. If your breasts have grown exponentially during menopause, breast reduction can relieve the pain, discomfort, heaviness, and rashes you may be experiencing.
While there are always some risks and side effects associated with cosmetic surgery, choosing an experienced, board-certified surgeon will ensure that breast reduction during menopause is a safe option.
Ideal Candidates For Breast Reduction During Menopause
Your surgeon will perform a thorough evaluation to make sure that everything is in order and there are no abnormal formations in your breasts before going ahead with the surgery.
Chronic or severe heart, lung, and blood conditions are seen as major issues. However, the vast majority of healthy, menopausal women are considered good candidates for breast reduction – especially if they’re dealing with some of the physical problems associated with large, cumbersome breasts.
Benefits of Breast Reduction For Menopausal Women
There are several key benefits of breast reduction during menopause:
- Improved aesthetics – You will likely feel much more comfortable about your appearance, which can boost levels of self-esteem.
- Contoured figure – Your newly-shaped breasts will give you a more proportionate figure against the frame of your body, making exercise and general day-to-day movement considerably easier.
- Relief from associated medical conditions – More importantly, the removal of excess breast tissue can provide you with relief from chronic pain and discomfort. This also helps to reduce skin irritation – a common problem for large-breasted women who struggle to find suitable bra sizes.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Once the anaesthesia has been administered, the surgeon will then make the relevant incisions around your breasts. These incisions will depend on a range of factors, including the amount of excess tissue to be removed.
After the desired amount of skin, fat and glandular tissue has been excised, your surgeon will close the incisions with dissolvable stitches. This tightens the remaining skin over your breasts.
Recovery After Breast Reduction During Menopause
As is the case with most cosmetic surgery, you may experience some swelling and tenderness in the affected area during your recovery from breast reduction. However, these side effects will gradually improve over the first two to three weeks of recovery, after which you’ll be able to resume most of your day-to-day activities.
When Can You See Results From Breast Reduction?
After your breast reduction, your breasts will be noticeably smaller. However, they may feel tight and appear slightly higher than expected. As your body heals over the first few weeks, your breasts will settle into their intended position and begin to feel natural.
The final results of your breast reduction typically become visible once the post-surgical swelling has completely subsided. This can take up to 3-6 months.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you’re going through menopause and have noticed some negative changes in your breasts, contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our double board-certified surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, is a specialist in breast reduction surgery and will be able to design a bespoke cosmetic treatment plan for you.