Is breast reduction the right choice for you? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2020 surgeons performed more than 33,500 of these procedures in the United States. If you think you're ready to join the tens of thousands of women who've recently had this procedure, take a look at what you need to know about the surgery and your options.
What Are Breast Reduction Services?
Also known as a reduction mammaplasty, this surgical service is exactly what the name implies—a reduction in the size of your breasts. The surgery can remove excess tissue, skin, and fat from the area. This creates smaller, and sometimes differently shaped, breasts.
Why Should You Consider A Reduction?
A reduction mammoplasty isn't the right procedure for everyone. If you want to correct sagging or drooping breasts, a reduction isn't the answer. Instead, it's more likely that you would need a breast lift.
Macromastia is the primary reason to choose a reduction. This is the medical or technical term for over-enlargement of the breasts. Women with macromastia may have back and neck strain, find everyday activities or some types of exercise difficult or painful or feel uncomfortable in their own bodies.
Excessive breast tissue and larger-than-average breasts may make it difficult to find or wear some types of clothing. This can lead to body image issues and mental health and emotional issues.
What Is the First Step Toward A Reduction Procedure?
Whether you're absolutely sure about a reduction or you're still not completely certain that this procedure is the right choice, a medical consultation is the next step in the decision-making process. A qualified, board-certified surgeon will provide a physical examination and discuss the surgery with you.
The doctor will review your reasons for seeking help, such as physical discomfort or self-image, and talk to you about the risks versus the benefits of a reduction. Women with macromastia and the related issues who are in general good health and have realistic expectations for the results are typical candidates for this procedure. But the doctor will still need to assess your individual needs and risks before they recommend a reduction surgery.
How Much Time Will A Reduction Take?
You have a busy life and don't want your breasts, or reduction surgery, to stop you from working, caring for your family, or anything else that you regularly do. While the surgery itself typically only takes a few hours to complete, the recovery may require several weeks of downtime. Your surgeon will discuss the healing process, any movement or activity restrictions, and when you will see the full results. This can help you to make the best decision possible and plan for your after-care.
Contact your doctor to learn more about breast reduction surgery.