It’s no secret that women have a long and complicated relationship with our bras and breasts. But, are your breasts causing you headaches, backache, and permanent shoulder indentations? Are they interfering with your sleep and exercise and preventing you from living your life?
If you’re finding that your ample bosom is more of a burden than a blessing, you should consider contacting cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Brandon Ball to schedule breast reduction surgery.
Although you might be hesitant to take the plunge, here’s everything you need to know to allow you to make an informed decision.
What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?
During the procedure, you’ll undergo “open” breast reduction surgery – either as an outpatient or an inpatient.
While there are different options for which type of incision is performed, your plastic surgeon will use the best technique for you. He will take your breast size, the elasticity of your skin, and the amount of excess skin into account for the best results.
Once the procedure is complete, you’ll have to wear a surgical support bra until you recover enough to remove the surgical dressings. After that, you can wear whatever bra you like, although your plastic surgeon may recommend avoiding underwire for a few weeks.
During your recovery period of roughly 2-6 weeks, it’s recommended to avoid lifting anything heavier than 10lbs and stay away from strenuous exercise. After the first two weeks, you can slowly increase your physical activity.
Are You A Good Candidate?
In the U.S., there are no guidelines that dictate how large your breasts need to be to qualify for a breast reduction surgery.
People may opt for surgery due to several factors. The most common reasons women decide to get a breast reduction are physical comfort, relief from aches and pains, improved sleep, and self-esteem.
Before considering breast reduction surgery, explore other non-invasive options like massage therapy, physical therapy, and different types of bras. If your discomfort persists, breast reduction is a good option.
Are There Any Risks?
Although breast reduction surgery is generally a safe procedure, it does come with a few risks.
Like any other surgical procedure, there is a low risk of infection, bleeding, and other healing problems.
The most feared complication that can occur after a breast reduction surgery is a lack of blood supply to the nipples and areola – but this is extremely rare.
Will It Be Covered By Insurance?
Because every health insurance policy has different criteria and coverage, whether breast reduction surgery will be covered entirely depends on your medical scheme.
Although breast reduction is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, some insurance plans will cover most or all of the cost if it is done to relieve the medical conditions that can arise with larger breasts.
Because every woman is different, the decision to get a breast reduction is entirely up to you. It’s important to note that 95% of women who have undergone the procedure are satisfied with their results.
If you are considering getting a breast reduction, it’s essential to consult with your primary healthcare provider to discuss your breast health and decide whether it’s a good option for you.