Are your breasts causing you chronic pain and discomfort? Do they interfere with your daily activities like exercising and even finding clothes that fit? If that’s the case, you may want to start thinking about when to get a breast reduction.
Breast size has long been considered an important indicator of female beauty and desirability. But large breasts can cause serious health and aesthetic problems for women, including back pain, headaches, neck pain, skin irritation, difficulty in finding properly fitting clothing, and low self-esteem. These can be made worse by regular exercise or physical activity.
A breast reduction may seem too extreme a measure for many women but if left untreated it can lead to further medical problems as well as cosmetic issues.
It is important to know what factors should be kept in mind before making such a drastic decision. This article will discuss when the right time is to consider a breast reduction procedure along with the potential risks and benefits of doing so.
Comparing Reduction and Lift
Effectively addressing sagging breasts may require a breast lift or, depending on your goals and needs, a reduction surgery plus a lift.
That’s why it’s so important to meet with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can evaluate you and help you decide which option will work best.
Breast reduction surgery has a high success rate, as patients are usually happy with the feeling of being relieved from extra weight. If you’re in physical pain, it’s recommended to get the procedure done quickly for an improved quality of life.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction procedure:
- You feel self-conscious because of your larger-than-desired breasts.
- If you’re 18 or older and your breast development has ceased, or if you’re a teenager who is suffering from back pain due to large breasts, then this is for you.
- The heaviness of your breasts is causing discomfort in your neck, shoulder, and back.
- It can be challenging to find bras and shirts that comfortably fit your larger bust size.
- You have constant rashes on your chest and indentations from the bra straps on your shoulders.
- You have good physical health.
- You do not smoke.
- It is important to have realistic expectations of what the surgery can achieve.
- The size of your breasts can make physical activity difficult.
- Feeling overwhelmed by emotions such as embarrassment, social anxiety, self-consciousness, and low self-esteem because of having large breasts.
How to Know When to Schedule a Breast Reduction Surgery
Are your breasts too large for your body frame, making you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable?
If so, then you may have considered breast reduction surgery.
But when is the right time to schedule a breast reduction procedure?
Here are some tips on how to know when the timing is right:
1. Consider the Duration of Discomfort That You’re Experiencing
The most important factor in deciding whether or not to have a breast reduction is how severe your discomfort and pain due to your large breasts are.
If you have been suffering from chronic back, neck and shoulder pain for more than six months, it may be time to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
2. Determine Your Health Priorities
Take some time to think about the kind of activities that make you the happiest—and decide if those activities are being impacted by the size of your breasts. If you’re an avid athlete or if strapping down your chest so you can enjoy activities like biking and swimming makes them less enjoyable, it might mean that surgery could bring an improvement in quality of life overall.
3. Assess Your Overall Health
Prior to undergoing any type of surgery, it’s important that all individuals exercise caution and pay close attention to their health history before deciding whether or not they are healthy enough for surgery.
Some conditions can increase risk during and after surgery; however, that doesn’t mean they are completely disqualifying conditions when it comes to cosmetic surgery candidacy.
Be open with your plastic surgeon about any chronic medical conditions you have as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol prior to starting planning any kind of plastic surgery treatment.
Know What You Want to Achieve With Breast Reduction Surgery
When speaking with potential surgeons, explain in full detail what it is that you want out of this plastic surgery procedure—from cup size reduction to improved posture – so that way he/she can accurately determine where best to begin sizing for implants (if necessary) during pre-surgery consultations.
Additionally, ask what type of incision techniques he/she may be using—as this aspect will also differ from patient to patient depending on individual needs -so there shouldn’t be any surprises during recovery.
Scheduling a Breast Reduction Surgery
Scheduling a breast reduction surgery is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. It is important to research the procedure and find a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing breast reduction surgeries.
During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and your desired outcome.
Your plastic surgeon will also explain the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as discuss the recovery process.
Ultimately, it is important to make sure that you are comfortable with your decision to have breast reduction surgery and that you understand all the risks and benefits associated with the procedure.
Is Breast Reduction Right for You?
When deciding whether or not breast reduction surgery is right for you, it’s important to consider the physical and psychological benefits of the procedure.
Breast reduction eliminates a portion of the breast tissue, which can relieve the physical symptoms associated with breasts that are too large including back, neck, and shoulder pain from carrying excessive weight in your chest area.
Additionally, some women who undergo breast reduction find an improved quality of life psychologically — feeling more confident about their appearance.
Ultimately, only you can decide whether you should pursue this cosmetic procedure and if so, what size breasts are ideally suited to your body.