I am a very petite girl with a chest size 32DD. I want a reduction in size, but am nervous about breast reduction surgery. I heard about this pill that claims it can naturally reduce your breast size by targeting those specialized fat cells. Is it a hoax?
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Alexia Could be a Scam, and Could Have Dangerous Side Effects
I read the Amazon product reviews!
Half of the reviewers gave the product one of five stars, and some reported racing hearts and hospital visits.
The other half gave 5 star reviews, but many made no sense. Many said they went from 38D to 36D to 34D. If that were true, that sounds more like a weight loss than a breast loss.
Surgical Breast Reduction is safe and reliable. In a large outcome study, 98.7% of patients were either Very Glad or Glad that they had their surgery, and 90% of their back pain, neck pain and shoulder grooving was eliminated or reduced. A very happy group!
There are several different variations of breast reduction, differing by size, and amount of incisions; procedure; and the results. The different types of reduction techniques include: The wise pattern breast lift, the anchor shaped incision, and the donut mastopexy.
1. The wise pattern breast lift involves an anchor-shaped incision around the natural contour of the breast. To most patients surprise, this scar is mostly hidden under the inferior aspect of the breast. However, the scar around the nipple/areola is visible. Most patients heal this anchor type scar very well and are satisfied with smaller areola in exchange for the scars. This surgery is used when there is a lot of excess skin that needs to be removed in order to lift the breast and give it a more aesthetic shape.
2. Often times, the anchor shaped incision can me diminished to create a lollipop or J shaped incision. This results in some excess skin at the inferior aspect of the breast near the breast crease that will flatten out over a 6 month period. Some patients are willing to tolerate this excess skin for 6 months in exchange for a smaller scar. This is a personal decision that each patient can make.
3. The donut mastopexy involves creating an incision around the areola and removing a doughnut-shaped area of skin. This surgery can be used for patients that need a smaller amount of lifting. This surgery results in a scrunched-up look to the breast skin surrounding the areola for about 6 months before it flattens out. Patients need to be understanding and tolerant of this in exchange for an areola-only scar. These patients do run the risk of areola widening as well.
Insurance may cover some of these cases when back pain, shoulder bra-notching, and rashes under the breast are present. Insurances vary though and your doctor can submit a report and photos to see if your insurance approves your procedure.
The risks of the procedure include bleeding, infection, bruising, poor scarring, pain, swelling, and changes to nipple and areola sensation, and rarely, partial or total nipple loss. The recovery time is usually a couple weeks if all goes well. In general, however, breast reduction patients are some of the most satisfied and grateful plastic surgery patients. This is truly a life-changing procedure. In my area, the cost ranges from 6700-8500. Best of luck!
Pills Won't Reduce Large Breasts
Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people who will exploit the desires of people to avoid surgery by offering fake quick fixes.
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If there were a way for a pill to reduce fat in a specific area the inventor would be on their way to Stockholm for the Nobel prize.
Fat reduction takes place throughout the body when your metabolic needs exceed your caloric intake. It is as simple as calories in vs calories burned.
All the Best
A. Dean Jabs, MD, PhD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Bethesda, MD/McLean, VA
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