What to Know Before Considering Breast Reduction

June 5, 2020

Women with excessively large breasts know the difficulties that are associated with having them, including limited clothing and bra options, bodily pain, including neck and back pain, and even psychological pain of not being comfortable in their bodies. This is why more and more women with very large breasts are turning to breast reduction, a relatively simple procedure to decrease a woman’s breast size. As with all medical procedures, there are associated risks women should be aware of before committing to the process, so be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. DiFrancesco before deciding if breast reduction surgery is right for you.

During the Healing Process

It is important to note that the healing process can differ from procedure to procedure. In general, the entire surgery takes about three hours, and women tend to go home that same day, or occasionally the next. There can be a significant amount of soreness and pain, so it’s recommended that a few days are taken off of work and that rigorous exercise is put off for at least a month.

Upon healing, some women have reported other side-effects. For example, there is a chance that nipple sensitivity will decrease. Immediately after surgery, a woman’s nipples will be completely numb, and although sensitivity generally returns to normal after a month of two, sometimes it will remain decreased. It is also possible that a woman can have trouble breastfeeding after a breast reduction surgery. There is about a 50% chance that a woman will have trouble breastfeeding following the process, however that does not mean breastfeeding will be impossible.

What Else Can You Expect?

Although a woman might have a specific cup size in mind, that goal is not always realistic. Depending on breast composition and size, it may be impossible to achieve your ideal breast exactly. During a consultation, the surgeon will determine the best course of action but, in general, women tend to go down one or two cup sizes.

Breast reduction surgery also almost always leaves scars, so if that’s something a woman is uncomfortable with, this surgery might not be for her. The scars do fade over time, but they will always be there.

Nipple position on a woman’s breast is slightly modified as well, generally moving up to give the breasts a slight lift.

Satisfaction is Nearly Guaranteed

According to some studies, 95% of women who have undergone breast reduction surgery have felt satisfied with the results. Although your insurance may or may not cover the procedure, women whose breast size has become a burden on their lives know that the surgery is generally worth it. With an increase in body positivity, self-esteem, and all-around physical health, breast reduction surgeries can be a wonderful option for women who need it!  

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Breast reduction surgery is something women of all ages can benefit from. To learn if this procedure is right for you, give our office a call or fill out our online form!

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