If you are concerned with the size of your breasts and are experiencing physical and emotional pain from excessively large breasts, then you may be considering a surgical procedure called reduction mammaplasty. Also known as a breast reduction, this surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to give women breasts that are more in proportion to the shape of their body.
If you’ve been considering surgery, read on to learn more about what makes a good candidate for breast reduction.
- You are experiencing physical discomfort and pain from the weight of your breasts. This can manifest into back and neck pain, indentation of the bra straps into the shoulder and skin irritation at the creases of the breasts.
- You are experiencing emotional pain from the size of your breasts. Many women will avoid certain social and even physical activities due to their excessively large breasts. Many women don’t like the social stigma associated with it. Others don’t like clothes shopping because excessively large breasts can be difficult to dress comfortably.
- You are in good physical shape. Women are in good general health and don’t smoke make good candidates for surgery.
- You have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery.
- You are prepared for the risks that come with surgery, even though this surgery is generally safe. The decision to undergo any surgery is extremely personal, so you will need to decide if the benefits are worth any risks.
- You are aware that future pregnancies may alter the outcome of breast reduction surgery. It’s important to talk to your doctor about how the breasts change during pregnancy and how breastfeeding may be complicated from a breast reduction.
- You will have help at home for the first several days after surgery. Even though it’s an outpatient procedure, you will need to have someone take you home after surgery and stay with you for the night and next few days if necessary.