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