Considering Breast Reduction
Undergoing breast reduction surgery is a difficult decision. If you choose to go through this process, it is typically because you are seeking relief from symptoms that are caused by the weight of large breasts. Reduction of breasts can solve these problems and improve the shape and size of your breasts. After Breast Reduction, your breasts should be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you much better.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for breast reduction?
Below are a few conditions that, if you have them, may make you a good candidate for this procedure.
- one breast is much larger than the other
- heavy breasts with areolas and nipples pointing down
- back, shoulder, or neck pain caused by breast weight
- skin irritation underneath your breasts
- breasts that are too large proportionally, compared to your body frame
- indentations in your shoulders due to bra straps that are too tight
- dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the large size of your breasts
- restriction of physical activity due to the weight and size of your breasts or bra
Breast reduction can be done at any age. However, plastic surgeons typically recommend that waiting until breast development is complete is the best time to do it. Breast-feeding and childbirth may also have unpredictable and significant effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Regardless of this, many women decide to have this procedure done before having children and feel they can worry about any other changes later. If you plan to breast-feed in the future, discuss this with your plastic surgeon before undergoing this procedure.
During the consultation with you doctor, you will be asked about the size of breast you desire. You should also be asked anything else about your breasts that you would like to change or improve. If you do this, your plastic surgeon will be able to more fully understand your expectations and know if they can be achieved.
During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast size as well as anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
How will I be evaluated for breast reduction surgery?
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine your breasts. He should take measurements and perhaps even photographs to place in your medical record. The shape as well as the size of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of your nipples and areolas will all be documented.
Come to the consultation prepared with information on your medical history. You need to know past medical conditions, medical treatments you have undergone, drug allergies, and previous surgeries and medications you take. Proving complete information is crucial.
You should also inform your plastic surgeon if you plan to lose a large amount of weight, especially if you have noticed a fluctuation in your breast size with weight loss. Your surgeon may recommend you get at a stable weight before you have surgery.
Breast reduction is a great option if you want to reduce pain and other problems associated with breasts that are too large. If you are ready, you can call our office today to set up a consultation at 702.410.9800.