You may be a viable candidate for this procedure if your breasts are too big for your frame, you hate the size of your breasts, you have heavy breasts and nipples that point downward, one breast is larger than the other, or if you have pain because of your chest size. You may also be a viable candidate for the surgery if you are not able to do certain activities because of your large breasts.
If you want to reduce the size of your breasts, you need to meet with a skilled plastic surgeon who is board-certified. Your cosmetic surgeon will examine your chest, take your measurements and maybe even some photographs. The doctor will evaluate the quality of your skin, the shape and size of your breasts, and the placement of your nipples. The surgeon will also take your medical history, so make sure you are honest with him. Let the doctor know if you have any drug allergies or health conditions and tell him about the medications you are taking.
Bear in mind that insurance may cover the cost of your breast reduction surgery. Several factors determine if you qualify, including the terms of your policy and the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed. Contact your insurance company to find out if you qualify.
Should I be worried about complications? Every year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast reduction surgery, experience no serious problems, and are pleased with the outcome. However, if you are considering surgery, you should be aware of the benefits and risks. The risks that are associated with this procedure include bleeding, reactions to anesthesia, infection, asymmetry, breastfeeding problems, fat necrosis, dissatisfaction with breast size, pain, permanent numbness, slow healing, and others. You can lessen some of the risks by following your surgeon's instructions and advice before and after surgery.
Before you undergo breast reduction surgery, your surgeon may recommend that you get a mammogram. Fortunately, the surgery does not increase the risks of developing breast cancer. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit in advance. You should not smoke two weeks before and after the surgery. You should also avoid taking certain anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin before surgery because they can cause increased bleeding.
Where will the surgery be performed? The breast reduction surgery may take place in an outpatient or inpatient basis. If you stay in a surgical facility or hospital, you may be required to stay for the night. Whether the doctor releases you on the day of your surgery or the next day, you will need to find someone who can drive you home and stay with you for a few days. With that said, you should meet with an experienced plastic surgeon soon to discuss the procedure and your expectations.