What to expect from a breast reduction

woman body chest breast with bra For women who undergo breast reduction surgery, the one thing that most say is that they wish they had done it sooner. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction consists of removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breast to achieve a size that’s more in proportion with your body.

If you’re considering a breast reduction, here are seven things you can expect from this life-changing surgery:

  1. Surgery also alleviates discomfort associated with a condition called macromastia, which means excessively large breasts. 
  2. This condition can cause pain that makes it difficult to participate in common physical activities. Many women suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of their breasts. Some even have shoulder indentations from the bra straps or skin irritation around the breast creases. 
  3. Excessively large breasts can cause not only physical distress, but emotional distress as well. Many women experience significant mental health problems because of the size of their breasts. 
  4. Even if you don’t have medical issues related to the size of your breasts, you can get a breast reduction as an aesthetic surgical procedure. Many patients choose this because of wardrobe discomfort or social stigmas. 
  5. Women who are in good physical health and don’t smoke make good candidates for breast reduction surgery. If you have realistic expectations and a healthy frame of mind, you will do well with this surgery. 
  6. A breast reduction may be covered by health insurance, but you will need to work with your insurance company to see if you qualify for coverage. While many insurance plans cover this surgery, others do not. 
  7. Talk to your doctor if you are planning on future pregnancies. Many women don’t know that a reduction can affect your ability to breastfeed. Changes can happen in the breasts during pregnancy as well, altering the outcome. 

A breast reduction can be a life-changing experience for a woman who is concerned with the size of her breasts. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling 202-785-4187 today.


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