According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 100,000 women had breast reductions in 2019.
The truth is that many women struggle with disproportionately large breasts – they can cause back and shoulder pain, interfere with sports activities and negatively affect your sleep. While many women would be happy to have larger breasts, breasts that are too large often cause physical and emotional stress.
Plastic surgery can help alleviate the issues caused by overly large breasts. A reduction in breast size can allow you to do the things you enjoy without hindrance as well as reduce physical discomfort by easing the pressure on your back, neck and shoulders.
Do you feel that you might benefit from having a breast reduction but aren’t quite sure? Keep reading to find out if it’s right for you.
What Is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a type of surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon.
The goal of breast reduction surgery is to remove tissue and fat cells from each breast and then cut away the excess skin. The procedure can take up to three hours and requires general anesthesia. Doctors consider it to be a safe procedure with a fast recovery time.
Most women only experience mild discomfort for a couple of days after surgery and are able to resume normal physical activity after two weeks. One study found that 95% of women reported a positive outcome from their breast reduction surgery.
Should You Get a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may be the right choice if you:
- Suffer from chronic back and shoulder pain
- Get limited physical activity due to your large breasts
- Have difficulty sleeping
- Feel uncomfortable with your body
- Find it a challenge finding bras and clothes that fit
You are an ideal candidate for a breast reduction if you’re in good health and do not smoke.
There are other benefits to breast reductions other than the alleviation of physical and emotional symptoms. For example, you may feel more confident, or even inspired to take up a new hobby (like running) that you would never have even thought of before. Some women even report feeling more beautiful after a breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery may interfere with a woman’s ability to breastfeed, so if you’re intent on breastfeeding your children, you may want to consider putting off the surgery until after the childbearing process is complete.
Taking the Leap
There’s no question that deciding to get a breast reduction, or any kind of cosmetic surgery, is a big step. But if it can help improve your quality of life, reduce physical and emotional stress and allow you to feel more confident about your appearance, then it may well be worth it.
You should always take ample time when making such a big decision, so while you’re mulling it over why not learn about what else you could be doing to get healthy, lose weight, and feel amazing by checking out more of our blog.