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Everything You Need to Know About Breast Reduction Surgery

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Living with large breasts can be a major problem for many women. Not only can it cause physical issues such as back and neck pain, but can make women feel self-conscious about their bodies.

Big breasts can give many women more problems than benefits, which is why so many females are considering breast reduction surgery.

If you are a woman who believes smaller breasts would help relieve physical and emotional pain, then it’s time to start considering an operation to reduce your breast size.

In this blog, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about breast reduction so you can make an informed choice and feel confident in your decision.

A Guide to Breast Reduction

Deciding to do any type of surgery requires a ton of research and consideration. Breast reduction is a serious operation, and you need to be fully informed on what it entails.

Here is all the info you’ll need before undergoing a reduction surgery.

Be Sure Your Breasts Aren’t Still Growing

If you’re considering this surgery, you need to wait until you’re a full-grown adult, at least 22 years of age. If you get a reduction soon, your breasts may not even be done growing yet.

If you get a reduction when you’re still young, your breasts will continue to grow after the surgery. This may require you to get another reduction to keep your breasts at the size you’re most comfortable with.

Understand the Recovery Time

As with any surgery, there will be a time period of recovery following the operation. With a reduction surgery, expect to be in recovery for at least six weeks.

You will need to take around 2 weeks off of work. You’ll also have to wear a special post-surgery bra for about 4-6 weeks after your operation.

Your doctor will also recommend that you cease exercise for at least six weeks, depending on the individual’s recovery rate.

Recovery time can vary depending on the type of surgery you’re getting, and on each individual persons breast type. Be sure to consult with your doctor about how long you should expect to be recovering from the surgery.

Surgery May Affect Nipple Sensitivity

The incisions where tissue is removed from the breast are typically near the areola, which is part of the nipple. During the operation, nerves connected to your nipple may be damaged.

The damaging of these nerves can reduce or even eliminate the feeling in your nipple. The damage may be permanent, so make sure this is a risk you’re willing to take.

Insurance May Cover the Surgery

Reduction surgery can cost a lot of money, so getting help from your insurance company can make a huge difference.

Insurance companies are generally willing to pay for or at least help pay for, reduction surgeries because they are not only cosmetic but affect physical health.

If you need to reduce your breast size, it is likely because you are having a ton of neck and back problems. This is grounds for insurance companies to help pay for the surgery.

Your Self-Esteem Will Boost

In addition to relieving neck and back pain, reduction in the breasts is also a huge boost in confidence for a lot of women.

Having large breasts can make women feel very self-conscious, leading to an increased likelihood for depression or anxiety.

Reducing breast size can eliminate that self-conscious feeling, and help women feel more confident in their bodies.

Can Affect Breast Feeding

When undergoing reduction surgery, part of your breast tissue containing milk glands will be removed. This can make producing breast milk more difficult when you have a baby.

If you’re planning on having children and want to be able to breastfeed them without any issues, you may want to hold off on reduction surgery. Instead, wait until you are done having kids to have the operation.

Methods for Reducing Breast Size

Depending on your breast size and how much reduction you need, there are a few different options for the surgery. You’ll need to consult with your doctor on which one is best for you, but here is some basic info you should have.

Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is a great option because it is less invasive and doesn’t leave noticeable scars. The recovery is easier and quicker as well.

However, this option is only viable for certain patients. If you need minimal reduction from the fatty tissue in your breasts, liposuction may work.

If your breasts are saggy and your skin is not very elastic, liposuction won’t be effective and you’ll have to opt for a more invasive surgery.

Lollipop Surgery

If you require more reduction and have moderate sagging, a good option would be the vertical or “lollipop” surgery. This requires two incisions: one around the areola and another below the areola to the bottom edge of your breast.

These incisions will allow for the breast to be reduced in size by removing tissue, and also allow the surgeon to adjust and lift your breast.

There will be scars left after the surgery from the two incisions. Be sure to treat these scars right after the operation to reduce the visibility of scarring.

Anchor Surgery

For maximum breast reduction, you may need to undergo an inverted-T or anchor surgery to reduce your breast size.

This operation includes the same two incisions as the lollipop surgery but adds a third incision at the base of your breast.

This option is best for women who need the most reduction and have sagging or uneven breasts that need to be corrected.

For Additional Information

Deciding to undergo breast reduction surgery is a process because you’ll need to consider a lot of important factors such as recovery time, scarring, inability to breastfeed, and nipple sensitivity.

However, it is a great option for a ton of women who have dealt with neck and back pain their whole lives due to large breasts. It can also be a huge boost to your self-esteem and increase of confidence in your body.

If you have any more questions about whether breast reduction is right for you, please contact us today for more information.

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