Whether it’s to help with physical pain or with self-esteem, many women who undergo breast reduction surgery are highly satisfied with the results. In addition, breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance if it is deemed necessary to treat physical conditions, some of which are listed below.
This operation has several benefits including the following:
- Alleviate back and neck pain: The weight of heavy breasts can put strain on the neck and back, leading to chronic pain, headaches, and posture problems. Reducing the size and weight of large, heavy breasts alleviates that discomfort and allows for a healthier spine.
- Relieve skin irritation: Many women undergo breast reduction to relieve skin irritation and rash caused by constant skin-on-skin contact that happens with very large breasts. After the operation, this kind of skin irritation is reduced or eliminated.
- Higher self-confidence: A large bust size has a psychological impact on women as well as a physical one. Young women may feel uncomfortable or self-conscious about an oversized chest, particularly when participating in sports, swimming, or other activities. Insensitive comments from acquaintances and strangers alike further add to the emotional discomfort. Breast reduction surgery helps women feel less self-consciousness, increases their confidence and improved their overall mental wellbeing.
- Easier to exercise: For many women with very large breasts, physical activities such as sports and running can be quite painful. Breast reduction surgery resolves this issue, making it easier to exercise and thereby helping improve overall health.
After surgery, you can expect some pain and discomfort early on in the healing process, during which you’ll wear a surgical bra. Drainage tubes may also be necessary to prevent swelling and expedite healing. In general, most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks.
There are also long-term effects to consider when opting for breast reduction surgery. Scarring is common, and while scars will generally be in areas covered by most bras and swimsuits, they will still be there. Also, this operation can render you unable to breastfeed since the milk ducts are often affected. As such, many doctors recommend waiting until after childbearing before undergoing this surgery.
If you are thinking about breast reduction surgery, consult with an experienced surgeon. Dr. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery can help you make the best decision for your wellbeing.