Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Posted on Jul 30,2023 By Dr. Y Anthony Nakamura

If you’ve been struggling with discomfort, limited physical activity, or self-consciousness due to the size of your breasts, breast reduction surgery may be the transformative solution you’ve been seeking. At Accent On You, we understand breast size and the impact it can have on your well-being. Here is what to know about breast reduction and whether it’s the right solution for you.

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size and shape of the breasts. It involves the removal of excess breast tissue, skin, and fat to achieve a more proportionate breast size that better suits your body.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a highly individualized procedure, and the decision to undergo it should be based on personal reasons. Characteristics of a good candidate include:

Women with Disproportionately Large Breasts

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if your breasts are overly large compared to the rest of your body. They may seem exaggerated or unbalanced with your natural figure, especially if you are at a normal and healthy weight.

Physical Discomfort Due to Breast Size

If you are experiencing chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain or indentations from bra straps, breast reduction surgery can alleviate these discomforts and improve your overall quality of life. You may also experience symptoms like chafing or rash from constant sweat or skin contact.

Difficulty Engaging in Physical Activities

Women with large breasts may find it challenging to participate in physical activities or exercise due to discomfort and restricted movement. If a secure sports bra doesn’t offer the support you need during exercise, breast reduction may help.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

While breast reduction can be a life-changing procedure for many, there are situations where it may not be recommended. These include:

You are currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Breast reduction is best performed when your breasts have reached a stable size and shape, typically at least six months after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or have plans to become pregnant in the future, it may be recommended that you postpone your procedure.

You have unrealistic expectations

It is important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of breast reduction surgery. Dr. Nakamura, our board-certified plastic surgeon, will discuss the potential results and limitations during your consultation.

You have underlying medical conditions

Certain medical conditions may increase the risks associated with breast reduction surgery. It is crucial to disclose your complete medical history to our team during the consultation process. This can help ensure a safe and successful procedure.

Breast Reduction Results

Breast reduction surgery offers many potential benefits that can positively impact your life. Some of the key outcomes include:

  • Improved self-confidence and body image
  • Increased clothing options and better fit
  • Increased ability to exercise
  • Improved skin condition and breathing capability
  • Relief from physical discomfort
  • Improved body proportions

Common Breast Reduction Add-On Surgeries

In addition to breast reduction, common add-on procedures can further enhance your results and address specific concerns.

Liposuction can be performed around the bra line to remove excess fat deposits, providing a smoother, more contoured appearance. This additional procedure can complement breast reduction and help achieve optimal results.

For women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth, the mommy makeover is a comprehensive approach to body rejuvenation. It combines breast reduction with procedures like tummy tuck and liposuction to address post-pregnancy body changes, helping you regain your pre-pregnancy shape.

Schedule a Consultation

The path to more comfortable, proportionate breasts starts with a consultation with our expert plastic surgeon at Accent On You in Arlington, TX. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nakamura today by calling or filling out our online contact form.

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