Is a Breast Reduction Right for You?
Are you dealing with disproportionately large breasts that are causing discomfort or interfering with sports and other activities? If so, you understand the emotional and physical exhaustion that your large breasts cause. A breast reduction is a popular solution to help remove excess breast tissue for an overall better quality of life.
Breast Reduction Overview
The breast reduction procedure can change the size, weight, shape, and firmness of the breast tissue. While this procedure can be performed at any age, the best results are achieved once the breasts are fully developed and you are finished having children. This is because pregnancy may negatively impact the outcome of the procedure.
Are You a Candidate?
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery will have experienced chronic back, shoulder, or neck pain, have difficulty sleeping, experiencing bra straps that dig into the shoulders, have skin rash or irritation, or have limited physical activity due to their large breasts. Candidates should also be physically healthy, be nonsmokers, and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of their procedure.
Of course, the best way to determine if a breast reduction is right for you is through a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Rocheford. During this time, you will discuss your medical history, your aesthetic and physical goals, and any questions that you may have.
What to Expect During Breast Reduction Recovery
The breast reduction procedure is an outpatient one, so most people can return home after surgery to recover. After your breast reduction procedure, you will need to wear a supportive bra full time for six weeks to help support your new breasts and ensure optimal healing. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Most women can return to physical activity after about two weeks, with final results noticeable after six months.