Do you have breasts that are too large for your body or that cause you pain, discomfort, and embarrassment? If so, you may have already considered getting a breast reduction surgery. A breast reduction can be a dream come true for many women who have dealt with the negative consequences of overly large breasts for their entire lives. Not only can a breast reduction surgery improve your ability to wear certain clothing and increase your self-esteem, but it can also have numerous health benefits. Here is what you can expect to experience after your successful breast reduction surgery with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Zochowski.
Reduced Pain and Discomfort
If your breasts are too large for your frame, it can cause pain in your back, neck, and shoulders. Many women describe it as similar to carrying a pair of weights with them 24 hours a day. In addition to muscle and joint pain, large breasts can also cause the bra strap to dig into a woman’s skin, causing even more discomfort. When the size of the breasts is reduced, much, if not all, of this pain disappears.
Resolution of Rashes or Skin Irritation
When breasts are large enough, they often sag or droop. This causes a pocket of skin underneath the breasts to be constantly covered, which can cause irritation, itching, and rashes. With the increase in temperature and lack of fresh air, bacteria and infections can also occur. When a breast reduction surgery is performed, the breasts no longer make constant contact with the skin, reducing the irritation and resolving rashes.
Too large of breasts can make physical activity uncomfortable, embarrassing, or even painful. This leads many women with large breasts to reduce their levels of activity or to avoid vigorous exercise altogether. When the size of their breasts is reduced, most women find they are now able to jog, do aerobics, bike, or perform other activities with ease and comfort. We all know the benefits of increased activity on health, and many women experience a boost in energy and weight loss due to their new ability to take part in exercise.
Should You Have a Breast Reduction Surgery?
Once you know the many benefits of a breast reduction surgery, the decision to have one is probably much easier to make. However, if you’re still on the fence, ask yourself the following questions:
Does the size of my breasts negatively impact my job?
Do I feel embarrassed to wear certain clothing or do I often feel like others are staring at my chest?
Do I feel exhausted at the end of the day and unable to enjoy my evenings?
Do I often experience back, shoulder, or neck pain or pain in my bra strap areas?
Is it difficult for me to find clothes that fit me and do I often feel I am trying to cover up my chest area?
Am I done having children and/or breastfeeding?
If you answered yes to several of these questions, you would likely benefit from a breast reduction surgery. Ideal candidates for this procedure are healthy women who do not smoke and who do not plan on losing a significant amount of weight. Though it is possible to breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery, there is a chance that the removal of breast tissue could impact your nerves or milk ducts and therefore lessen your chance of nursing successfully.
Keep in mind that breast reduction surgery is a major procedure and that you will need at least a couple of weeks to recover before returning to your normal schedule. You may need to get friends or family members to help out with young children at home during this time, and you will likely need to take at least two weeks off from work.
Scheduling Your Breast Reduction Consultation
The best way to find out if you should have breast reduction surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zochowski. He can fully explain the procedure, including preparation and recovery, and ask questions to see if you would be an ideal candidate. Make sure to come to your consultation with plenty of questions so that you are fully informed and can make the best decision.
If you’re ready to experience the health benefits that come from a breast reduction surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Zochowski today!