A breast reduction can do so much for a woman not only physically, but also mentally. Not only do abnormally large breasts cause neck and back pain, but it can cause many women to be self-conscious and prevent them from living an active lifestyle. Many feel a burden has been lifted after they have surgery.
Here are 10 things you should know about a breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty.
- Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates, with patients saying they wish they had had surgery sooner once they felt the relief from reduced breast size.
- Women who have had surgery talk about how they love to go clothes shopping and participate in exercises and other activities they avoided when they had large breasts.
- In addition to neck and back pain, abnormally large breasts can cause skeletal deformities, irritation of the skin from the bra straps, and problems with breathing.
- While there is always risk to surgery, there is more risk to your health from not addressing heavy, large breasts.
- The best candidates for surgery are women who are in good general health and are non-smokers.
- Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes 2-5 hours to complete.
- Patients will need to take at least one week off from work. They won’t be able to lift much, so they will need lots of help at home for that initial recovery period.
- You will have swelling and bruising after surgery, but swelling could last 3-4 months.
- If you plan to become pregnant and breastfeed after surgery, you may have complications as well as decreased sensitivity in the nipples and areola, which is the darker skin around the nipples.
- Breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance if the procedure is tied to a health issue or issues that your overly large breasts are causing. Your physician will discuss this with you during your consultation.
If you are thinking about breast reduction surgery and wondering whether you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation.