Many women with larger breasts struggle with a range of aesthetic and medical concerns. For these reasons, they may wish to reduce the size of their breasts, either with natural remedies or through surgical breast reduction.
In this article, we will explore what influences breast size and the potential options for reducing large breasts.
Factors that Impact Breast Size
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the body goes through significant hormonal changes to accommodate a child, including increasing the size of the breasts.
Even after breastfeeding has ceased, women can be left with larger breasts that can disrupt the proportions of the body and present a range of medical concerns.
The amount of fat in the body plays a significant role in breast tissue and density. For women classed as obese, the development of larger breasts is common.
Genetics can influence a range of factors, from hair colour to the size of your breasts. This doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed to be the same cup size as other women in your family, only that it is more likely.
Some medications can impact the size of your breasts. For example, hormonal birth control methods such as the contraceptive pill, contraceptive injections, and the hormonal IUD can influence the size of your breasts.
This is because the oestrogen and progesterone in birth control can cause water retention, though this is usually short-term and unlikely to last.
Remedies for Breast Reduction
If you are looking to reduce the size of your breasts, you may wish to try the following natural remedies:
Along with exercise, a healthy, balanced diet is a fundamental factor in maintaining a healthy weight. In doing so, this can help to prevent the accumulation of fat around the breasts, which makes them appear larger.
If you are struggling to stick to a healthy diet, you may wish to consider speaking to a dietician. At the CREO Clinic, we offer a nutritionist service in tandem with surgery so that you can get the most out of your breast reduction surgery.
Cardiovascular exercises such as cycling and jogging can help to reduce the amount of fat in your body by burning calories and, in turn, reduce the amount of chest fat contributing to larger breasts.
Strength training exercises like pushups can also tone the chest and enhance the appearance of breasts. Pushups can tighten and tone chest muscles, reducing the overall size of the breast when also combined with cardio exercises.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is a permanent solution to remove breast tissue, fat, and skin to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. By doing so, women can enjoy a more proportionate figure and find relief from medical conditions caused by larger breasts, such as back pain.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
There are several key benefits of breast reduction surgery:
- A breast reduction can help women of a smaller frame achieve a more proportionate figure.
- A breast reduction can help to relieve medical conditions associated with larger breasts, such as back pain
- A breast reduction can help clothing fit more comfortably.
- By reducing the size of the breasts, women often feel more confident engaging in exercise, an important proponent of a healthy lifestyle.
Breast Reduction Cost
At the CREO Clinic, the cost of a breast reduction starts from £8,900. You will be provided with a complete cost breakdown during a consultation, as well as information about financing options.
What is the Procedure for Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is carried out under general anaesthesia and typically takes 2-3 hours to complete. The exact surgical techniques can vary depending on the amount of tissue to be removed as well as the shape of the breasts.
In general, the necessary incisions are made, and the amount of tissue for the desired result is removed. After this, the incisions are closed using stitches.
How Long is Breast Reduction Recovery?
After a breast reduction, you may experience swelling and tenderness around the chest. These typically dissipate over time, and most patients feel able to resume most daily activities, including a return to work, 2-3 weeks after surgery.
However, you should avoid strenuous activity as well as heavy lifting for up to 6 weeks after their breast reduction to prevent wound breakdown.
In addition, you will be required to wear a compression garment for the first 6 weeks of breast reduction recovery to reduce swelling.
Breast Reduction Results
Immediately after surgery, you should be able to notice your lighter chest with the excess tissue removed.
You may find that the area feels tight and the breasts seem higher than expected during the first few weeks. However, as your body heals, the breasts should settle into their desired position.
The final result of your breast reduction will become apparent after all post-surgical swelling has dissipated, which takes at least 3 months.
Natural vs. Surgical Remedies to Reduce Breast Size
Natural remedies offer a less invasive means of reducing breast size. However, the amount by which you can reduce your breast size is limited from natural remedies.
For this reason, many women consider a permanent breast reduction surgery to be aesthetically and medically necessary.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
At the CREO Clinic, our specialist body contouring surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, has mastered both the delicate art and clinical skills necessary to conduct highly intrinsic breast reduction procedures.
Contact the CREO Clinic today to book a consultation with Dr Tillo and take the first step toward your dream body.