If you are suffering from the many physical and psychological symptoms related to having heavy, oversized breasts, breast reduction surgery may be right for you.
||However, there are other reasons why you may be a good candidate for this surgical procedure. The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy women who are well-adjusted and understand all of their options as well as the overall information and purpose of the surgical procedure. Timing can also determine whether breast reduction surgery is appropriate for you. Though the surgery can be performed at any point in a woman’s adolescent or adult life, certain times may be better than others. It is recommended that women wait until their breasts are fully developed, usually by the age of 18, and the size has become stable for about a year.
In addition, many patients believe it is best to wait until after your last pregnancy for breast reduction surgery as they fear they will not be able to breastfeed after surgery. However, contrary to popular belief, most women are able to breastfeed due to advances in surgical techniques that involve preserving the milk-producing tissue.
Other reasons why breast reduction surgery may not be right for you at a particular time include:
Nevertheless, if your symptoms are severe or if your ability to do certain routine activities or movements is restricted, you may want to think about having surgery sooner than later. Because this decision may be difficult to make and no two women are exactly the same, it is best to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. A consultation with Avosant Surgical Associates and Dr. Daniel Golshani is the first step to learn whether you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery and typically includes a physical examination, an evaluation of your current symptoms and a discussion of your goals, the likely outcomes, potential risks and benefits as well as alternative methods of management.
- Having a medical condition or breast disease
- Having symptoms of a medical condition or breast disease that hasn’t been thoroughly evaluated
- Having a high medical risk for surgery or general anesthesia
- Being too small-breasted for a breast reduction (may be a candidate for a breast lift, also known as mastopexy)
- Being psychologically attached to the breasts which may cause significant post-surgery problems
- Having inadequate family support
- Planning a major weight loss such as gastric bypass
- Unwilling or unable to comply with the before and after surgery instructions or commit to the time, including recovery
- Feeling pressured to undergo breast reduction but not wanting it
- Having unrealistic expectations about the procedure
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