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5 Things to Know About Breast Reduction Surgery

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When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, the vast majority of conversations revolve around breast enlargements or implants, not a lot of people talk about breast reduction surgery.

In most cases, when we’re talking about breast reduction surgery, we’re talking about women who have naturally large breasts that are causing them other health issues, and not usually implant recipients that want to have their implants removed. These women have been dealing with large breasts for a long period of time and due to the strain they can sometimes put on the body, they have developed other physical health problems that need to be resolved.

The most common ailment associated with large breasts is neck and back pain, but there are other issues that can arise throughout the years. It can influence self-esteem and confidence as well, which is why it’s an important conversation to have even though it’s not always what we think about when talking about breast augmentation.

Regardless of what your reasoning might be for seeking out information on breast reduction surgery, the main thing is to do what’s best for your body. Be sure to discuss options and concerns with your doctor and listen to what they have to say. It’s your body and you should be in control of what happens to it. If you’re having physical pain or issues with the way your large breasts look, don’t let someone else convince you to not get the surgery. You’re the one that has to live with it.

If you’re thinking about undergoing breast reduction surgery, here are some things you may not know about the procedure.

Interesting Facts About Breast Reduction Surgery

1. Breast Reduction Will Leave Scars

As with most surgical procedures, incisions will be made in the body. In the case of breast reduction surgery, different surgeons use different methods, but in almost all methods the goal is to hide the surgical scars as best as possible.

Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to hide them completely, but most surgeons will make sure that the scars are easily covered by clothing or when wearing a bathing suit. Typically the incisions are made around the nipple area and then down to the folds under your breasts. This allows for the scar to be hidden in most cases unless the breasts are fully exposed.

If you’re worried about the visible scars, be sure to communicate that to your doctor so that they can show you example photos of fully healed incisions on patients they’ve performed the surgery on.

2. Breast Reduction Surgery is More Common Than You May Think

The most popular form of plastic surgery is breast enlargement or augmentation, but you never really hear about people undergoing breast reduction surgery. There’s this stigma around the fact that enlarging your breasts is seemingly ok, but making them smaller isn’t. And there shouldn’t be.

In fact, more women than you think have undergone breast reduction surgery throughout their lives. Breast sizes can change for a number of reasons and sometimes women just don’t like the feeling of having larger breasts, or aren’t comfortable with the way they cause the rest of their body to feel.

If you’re considering breast reduction surgery, know that there are a lot of women out there that undergo the same procedure every year and there’s nothing to be worried about. Do what’s best for you.

3. Breast Reduction Surgery May Also Include a Breast Lift

While breast reduction surgery and breast lift surgery are two entirely different procedures, in most cases doctors will perform a breast lift while you are undergoing a breast reduction. By doing a breast lift while doing a reduction, doctors are able to better shape the breasts, and the skin around the breast, to fit the new shape.

In the case of a breast lift, only excess skin is removed to help enhance and reshape sagging breasts, whereas in a breast reduction, excess fat and breast tissue is removed as well to help reduce the shape. By performing both of these procedures at once, you know you’re going to get the best looking and feeling breasts possible.

4. Breast Feeding and Nipple Sensitivity Can Be Affected

When undergoing any procedure having to do with your breasts, there is always a chance that you could be left with less sensation in your nipples. This also pertains to breast reduction surgery, so it’s important to understand the risks involved. If you’re concerned about nipple sensitivity after your surgery, talk with your doctor before the procedure as there are some techniques that can be applied during the surgery to help minimize any nipple numbness you may experience.

In addition to nipple sensitivity, about half of women who undergo a breast reduction procedure experience difficulty in breast feeding. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to breast feed, it just means that some women find it more difficult. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who may suffer from these issues until the time comes.

5. Men Can Receive Breast Reduction Surgery

We’ve been talking a lot about women undergoing breast reduction surgery, but did you know that men can do it too? Known as Gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery is more common than you may think. With reduced testosterone in the body, sometimes male breasts can grow larger than you may want. In most cases they aren’t causing physical problems like they do in females, but they can make a lot of men feel self-conscious or uncomfortable.

If you’re interested in breast reduction surgery, please contact us today! Our team of experts can help answer any questions may have regarding this surgery and Dr. Adams is one of the best surgeons in the business.


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