Breast Reduction: Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

Women with very large breasts never get over the rude stares or the chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. No one can understand the emotional and physical toll that comes with extra large breasts. If this sounds like you and you have been contemplating breast reduction, here are some frequently asked questions and answers. 

Who Are Good Candidates And Those Who Are Not?

Women who plan to have children and breastfeed might want to postpone surgery until after children. If you are planning to lose weight, it is best to postpone the surgery until you have reached your desired weight.

If you are obese, smoke, or don’t want any scars on your breast, you would not be good candidates for breast reduction surgery.

Good candidates for breast reduction surgery include those with the following:

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  • Having poor self esteem due to extra large breasts
  • Chronic rash or irritation under your breasts
  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Shoulder grooves from bra straps
  • Not able to participate in certain physical activities
  • Trouble finding clothing or a bra that fits

What Are The Main Risks?

All surgical procedures have risks, and breast reduction surgery is no different. Bleeding, infection, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia are typical risks for all surgeries.

Other risks include scarring, a difference between the left and right breast regarding size and shape, and difficulty or not being able to breastfeed.

It is wise to ask to see New England Plastic Surgery Center’s before and after photos so you know what to expect.

What Is The Recovery Like?

Although you will be under anesthesia during the surgery, expect to have soreness for several days after. New England Plastic Surgery Center will prescribe pain medication and you can use ice packs for painful areas and to help with swelling and pain.

Plan to take a few days off for rest and recovery. You may not perform any type of exercise, especially vigorous exercise for about a month. Follow all directions from New England Plastic Surgery Center.

Will Insurance Pay For The Surgery?

In many cases, it will pay for all or part of the costs. If you have chronic issues and pain and can support the claims, the office staff will submit the information to your insurance company for coverage. That process takes about a month.

Contact New England Plastic Surgery Center at (978) 942-4835, or request an appointment online, for a consultation at our office in Chelmsford, MA if you have been contemplating breast reduction surgery.