6 Things to Consider Before Breast Reduction Surgery
August 16, 2021
SERVING PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE, AND NEARBY AREAS OF ARIZONA
It’s common for women with large breasts to consider breast reduction surgery at some point. The decision can come about for a variety of reasons. Shoulder and back pain are some of the biggest reasons why women chose to go for surgery. However, other than feeling lighter on the chest, this type of surgery has many benefits – more clothing options and increased self-esteem are just a few advantages. Despite all the benefits, it’s still important to carefully consider if it’s a good option. After all, like with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Your board certified plastic surgeon can help you determine your options, but here are just a few things to consider as you schedule your consultation.
Are You Prepared for Downtime?
The procedure itself can take about two hours. When it’s over, you’re free to go home. But, once you’re home, you’ll need time to recuperate and heal. That means staying away from regular day-to-day activities that may slow down healing. If you can’t afford downtime or don’t think you’ll be able to rest for a week or two, you may need to postpone or reconsider surgery.
Are You Hoping for a Specific Cup Size?
It can actually be very difficult to achieve a specific cup size with breast surgery. Your reduction will more so depend on your goals, the size of your breasts, and your breast composition. Your plastic surgeon will be the best authority on how much size you can expect to lose, and this doesn’t always match up with bra sizes (since these can vary widely based on manufacturer).
Are You Prepared for a Breast Lift Too?
During the procedure, your plastic surgeon removes excess skin, fat, and breast tissue. As a result, the breast becomes smaller. Chances are, you’ll also need your nipples repositioned so they don’t point downward or sit below the breast crease. Breast reduction and breast lift go hand-in-hand, so your plastic surgeon will discuss your breast reduction options.
Are You Expecting Scarring?
Even with the best techniques, scarring is inevitable with surgery. Different incision patterns are available, and you’ll likely discuss the best one for you during your consultation. However, it will take patience and effort to lessen the appearance of scars over time, and it may not be possible to make them disappear completely.
Are You Comfortable with Reduced Nipple Sensation?
After breast reduction surgery, it’s possible for the nipples to lose sensation. However, some incision patterns can preserve nipple sensation. But in most cases, it may take up to two months before the numbness reduces. This can sometimes even be permanent, so it’s important to discuss the risks with your plastic surgeon.
Do You Have Plans for Breastfeeding?
Even though it’s hard to predict, some women have a difficult time breastfeeding after breast reduction. This isn’t always the case, but if you have plans for children or think you might change your mind in the future, make sure to discuss your preferences with your plastic surgeon. They can choose incision patterns that come with the lowest level of risk when it comes to breastfeeding.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to learn more about whether breast reduction is right for you is by meeting with our board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Tamir and Dr. Ali Mosharrafa. To get started, contact our Phoenix-area practice by calling or filling out our online form.