Should I Have A Breast Reduction?

July 13th, 2018

If you’ve always been unhappy with the size, weight, shape and droop of your breasts, then it’s likely you’ve considered breast reduction as an option to lift, minimize and improve your chest. But what exactly does a breast reduction involve, and what considerations should be taken before deciding to go ahead with the procedure? This post will discuss all this and more, helping you to make an informed, and beneficial decision.

Why Might You Want A Breast Reduction?

You may be experiencing one or more of the following issues:

  • Neck Pain.
  • Shoulder Strain.
  • Skin Infections Under The Breasts.
  • Feelings Of Embarrassment, Low Self-Esteem Or Depression.
  • Difficulty In Finding Fashionable Clothing.
  • Inability To Exercise Or Take Part In Sports.
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What Does A Breast Reduction Involve?

Breast reductions involve the removal of surplus skin and fat from the breasts, which are then restructured and reshaped, with the nipple repositioned to create smaller, and lifted, breasts.

Surgery Details:

  • You are put under general anaesthesia and an incision is made around the areola.
  • The nipple is lifted and the areola is reduced by removing skin and breast tissue.
  • The breasts are reshaped for symmetry and closed.

In some cases, and especially for male breast reduction, liposuction may be used to suck out fatty tissue.

Things To Consider Before Having A Breast Reduction

Before having a breast reduction, you should take into account:

  • There will be a noticeable reduction in the shape and size of your breasts, which will alter the way you look. Should you put weight on after surgery, they may increase in size.
  • There will be red scarring for approximately 6 weeks, though this will fade over time.
  • You may lose nipple sensation, including the ability for them to become erect.
  • As tissue is removed and the nipple is moved up, there is a reduction in milk ducts and glands, therefore affecting a woman’s ability to breastfeed, so you should consider whether you may want children post-surgery.
  • You will need to take 2 weeks off work and have someone help you with daily tasks such as housework, shopping and childcare during this time.
  • It’s advised you avoid exercise for 6 weeks post-surgery, which includes no heavy lifting.
  • If you are overweight, could diet and exercise be another option?
  • The impact your breasts have on your daily life and whether a breast reduction’s ability to reduce any pain, self-consciousness or other negatives you experience are worth it.

What Are The Benefits Of A Breast Reduction?

The advantages of breast reduction surgery include:

  • A reduction in back pain, shoulder strain and neck pain.
  • Increased self-esteem, confidence and happiness with your appearance.
  • A greater choice of clothing, and clothing styles becomes available.
  • Can help to relieve chest stress, especially useful if you are an asthma sufferer.
  • Improved posture as slouching and bending due to heavy breasts is reduced.

Could a breast reduction be the right choice for you? Why not call us today for a friendly, informative and confidential chat to discuss any queries and questions you may have, and discover how we can help you.