Women with very large breasts usually feel like they had a weight lifted off their chest (pun intended) after undergoing a breast reduction.
However, like any medical procedure, having a breast reduction comes with its risks and as such should be a personal decision.
Before you decide to undergo a breast reduction, you should consider the pros and cons.
You might not get the exact cup size you want
Your breast reduction depends on your size, breast composition, and what you are trying to achieve. The plastic surgeons will help you choose the best plan suitable for you during a consultation.
You will get a breast lift, too
Having a breast reduction is a two in one package. Not only will the doctor have to reduce your breasts but the surgeon will also move the nipples up to give them a lift. People often confuse a breast reduction with a breast lift but they are not the same.
There will be scars
The incision wounds will be swollen for a while. The scars improve for most people within a year after the surgery.
You may experience decreased nipple sensation
After undergoing surgery, your nipples are likely to fell numb but it always comes back after a month or two. If you are concerned about this, you can also discuss with the surgeon to use certain surgical techniques to preserve nipple sensation.
Breastfeeding may be affected later
There is a 50/50 chance that a woman might find it difficult to breastfeed after undergoing a breast reduction. It is hard to predict who could experience this but it does not mean breastfeeding is impossible.
You may have drains in your breasts
Drains sound scary, but they can aid your recovery. Drains are thin, flexible tubes that sit under your skin and empty into a small collection bag. They help remove fluid and blood from the area. This can decrease swelling and discomfort while you heal. In most cases, doctors remove the drains within a week after surgery. It’s important to ask your surgeon if he or she uses drains. Then, you won’t have any surprises when you wake from surgery.
Your breasts will no longer limit your activities
You will be encouraged to walk as soon as possible after surgery and while physical activity may be the last thing on your mind, it helps prevent blood clots. You should abstain from exercise or anything strenuous but you should be back to your normal activities within six months of the surgery.