When people hear about breast surgery, they often think about breast lift and breast augmentation.
Another important and popular procedure is breast reduction.
How can it help women who suffer from oversized, large, and heavy breasts?
This week, we take a look at some common reasons women may consider breast reduction surgery.
Not sure if it’s for you? Read on to learn more…
Breast reduction surgery basics
The basic aim of breast reduction surgery is to reduce not only the size, but the weight of the breasts, too.
There are a number of reasons a woman may have large breasts that are often out of proportion to the rest of their frame.
Large, oversized breasts can lead to a host of physical issues and can affect a woman mentally.
This week, we take a look at some of the most common reasons a woman may consider breast reduction surgery.
We also uncover some important questions you should honestly answer before you book a consultation with Dr Isolde Hertess.
Book your FREE conversation with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse
Don’t forget – Cairns Plastic Surgery offers a FREE conversation with one of our friendly nurses. We usually consider this chat one of the first steps a prospective patient will take.
It’s the perfect opportunity for a client to come in to see the clinic, meet some of our team, and sit down with our nurse for a confidential, one-on-one chat.
During this chat, we’ll learn a little more about you and find out about the type of procedure you are considering.
This is the perfect opportunity to ask some preliminary questions about your surgery and how we can help you achieve your desired outcomes!
Why do women get breast reduction surgery?
1. Women with large breasts may suffer back pain
One of the most common physical ailments of large, heavy breasts is no doubt back pain.
Heavy breasts can affect the curvature of the spine, leading specifically to neck and upper back pain. This can also negatively impact your posture when sitting and walking.
Many people experience back pain after hours of poor posture at their desk or after strenuous, but for those with heavy breasts, every day can be a painful endeavour.
Excess weight is placed on the chest, and without enough support, women find it hard to maintain good posture. As such, they’ll slouch forward, resulting in pain and poor posture.
2. Oversized breasts can affect self-esteem
Particularly for younger women and teenagers, self-esteem is another important factor that can be affected by large, oversized breasts.
Women may feel self-conscious about the size of their chest, and hunch over to try to hide it.
3. Women with large breasts may struggle to find clothing that fits
What might seem like a minor convenience can actually be a big issue for those with oversized breasts.
Finding clothes that fit can be a challenge,especially when large breasts are out of proportion to the rest of the body.
This can lead to women feeling stigmatised by clothing brands or the clothing industry, as they struggle to find clothes that not only fit them, but they feel comfortable in.
This applies to intimate apparel and swimwear, too.
4. Oversized breasts can affect a woman’s comfort when exercising
For most women, they wouldn’t dare exercise without wearing a properly fitted, high-quality sports bra.
Now imagine if your breasts are oversized and heavy: you can now understand how women with large breasts may struggle to exercise comfortably!
5. Large breasts may impact sleeping
While it’s not the best position to sleep in, many people love to sleep on their stomachs. As you can imagine, this is highly uncomfortable for a woman with large breasts.
Even sleeping on your side can be a pain, as a heavy breast can be painfully sitting on top of the other, leading to discomfort.
Wearing a bra at night could be a viable option, but for some, this is hugely uncomfortable, and not a viable or long-term solution.
Questions to ask yourself before breast reduction surgery
Who are you doing this for?
You might think this is an obvious question, but a lot of the time, it takes saying it out loud (or at least thinking about it!) to truly understand your motives behind an interest in a certain plastic surgery procedure.
Undergoing breast reduction surgery will need physical, mental, and emotional preparation.
In order for you to stay motivated from beginning until recovery, you need to honestly assess why are you doing it in the first place and for whom. (Hint: the answer should be, “It’s for me!”)
What do you want to achieve?
Again a seemingly simple question, but answering this can help you understand the purpose (or purposes!) behind your decision.
As we mentioned above, there are a number of reasons to undergo breast reduction surgery.
So ask yourself, what do you want to achieve?
- Reduce back, neck, and shoulder pain?
- Better comfort while exercising?
- Improved self-esteem and confidence?
It’s important you can answer this question honestly.
What are your expectations?
Achieving the right breast size, being comfortable in moving and exercising plus gaining back your self-confidence are just some of the benefits that you’ll have after a breast reduction procedure.
But, as with any plastic surgery procedure, there are side-effects. These may include:
- Swollen breasts during recovery
- Itching and dryness of the skin during the healing process
- Nipple sensitivity or loss of sensation
Where can you find a qualified plastic surgeon?
Check the following qualifications before you choose your plastic surgeon.
Experience and education
Check the education and training of your surgeon includes a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education with at least five years of specialist postgraduate training in a hospital.
Look out for this acronym: it tells you that your surgeon is a member of Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
Book a consultation with Cairns today
Find out more about breast reduction surgery and book your complimentary chat with one of our nurses at Cairns Plastic Surgery.