While society says the feminine standard of beauty is a curvaceous shape, ask any naturally well-endowed woman and the truth turns out to be a bit different. For women who deal with disproportionately large breasts, pain is a common side effect of their endowment of womanly appeal.

Enter breast reduction surgery, a plastic surgery procedure used to relieve the self-consciousness and physical discomfort caused by the weight of a very large bust.

Factors in Choosing Breast Reduction

If you’re considering breast reduction, medically referred to as reduction mammoplasty, factors that lead to a decision to undergo the procedure are often ten-fold. Pain is an obvious consideration. This pain commonly becomes long-term and disabling, making reduction an appealing option.

Choosing a reduction will provide an undeniable cosmetic advantage as well. In addition to the instantaneous relief of pain, which is the hallmark symptom of an oversized bust, a reduction provides a boost of self-confidence.

What Every Patient Should Know

Specific information crucial in making an informed decision as to whether surgery is the right choice includes:

  • Realistic Expectations:
    Plastic surgery has no guarantee regarding any individual outcome. No two procedures are identical; therefore, results vary for each patient.
  • Importance of Maintaining Future Breast Function:
    Before undergoing surgery, determining what is acceptable is necessary. Is retaining breast feeding ability important? Would losing nipple sensitivity be a deal-breaker? In some women, these abilities remain.
    In other women, complete loss of these abilities is unavoidable. Usually, the result is a combination of these things. However, there is no way to know until after the surgery. Make sure these risks are worth the benefit before signing up for reduction.

What Makes Breast Reduction Ideal

Ridding yourself of back pain is an appealing possibility for the woman in need of relief. However, before deciding if you’re a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, your doctor will evaluate the following:

  • Your overall health and wellness;
  • Whether or not you’re a smoker (quit smoking if you want this or any other plastic surgery procedure);
  • Degree in which breast size interferes with your activities;
  • Presence of shoulder indentations caused by bra straps;
  • Rash beneath breasts due to sagging;
  • Skin and areola unnaturally enlarged from stretching.

If these factors play a role in the desire for reduction, the next step is consulting a qualified surgeon.

What to Ask a Plastic Surgeon

The best candidate for surgery goes into the procedure informed and knowledgeable about what to expect. Ask the surgeon the following questions:

  • Are you properly certified? If so, please present your credentials.
  • How many years have you been practicing?
  • Where will you perform my surgery?
  • Do you have privileges at any local hospitals? Which ones?
  • How long is recovery?
  • What complications are possible? What is my personal risk?

Breast reduction surgery provides tremendous benefits, especially for chronic back pain. The happiest of all plastic surgery patients are those who have opted for reduction. It is not hard to see why. Talk to a plastic surgeon experienced in the procedure to make an educated choice on whether reduction is the right call and how it may benefit your long term health, wellness and overall appearance and self-esteem.

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