Breast reduction is, year after year, one of the single most popular breast enhancement procedures in the world–especially in North America. That can be somewhat surprising, as breast reduction isn’t usually shown in that glamorous light that some other plastic surgery procedures get. But that doesn’t mean that breast reduction isn’t important to a lot of patients.
Looking at Some of the Benefits and Drawbacks of Breast Reduction
There are definite benefits and drawbacks to breast reduction procedures. For most patients, those benefits far outweigh any drawbacks that might occur, but it’s still useful to be able to accurately balance the two.
That’s why most surgeons insist on transparency and patient education throughout the entire process. One of the basic tenets of plastic surgery is that patients should know what to expect at every stage of the process. So if you have questions about the benefits and drawbacks of breast reduction, be sure to ask those questions during your consultation–or, at least, at some point during the process. This article is not intended to replace medical advice of any kind–we’re writing for entertainment purposes only.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction
Since the benefits of breast reduction are what actually tends to draw patients towards the procedure in the first place, let’s start by talking about those. In general, patients who are looking to undergo a breast reduction procedure want to do so for a specific set of reasons–they want to get a certain result out of the process. For most individuals, those desired results will be relatively personal: you want your body to end up looking a certain way that is specific to you.
Generally speaking, however, there are some significant benefits that come along with breast reduction surgery:
- A decrease of chronic neck and back pain. Overly large breasts or excessive breast tissues can often cause a significant amount of neck and back pain. That’s because breast tissue has both weight and mass (surprise, surprise), and so the muscles that support that tissue can be under constant strain. A breast reduction diminishes the weight of the breast (and therefore the strain), increasing overall patient comfort.
- An improvement in proportions. When patients complain of the aesthetics of overly large breasts, they are often truly complaining about the proportions of the body. Breasts that are overly large can make the body appear top-heavy. After a breast reduction, the top and bottom areas of the body can seem more proportionally and aesthetically unified.
- Emotional improvements. Many patients with overly large breasts feel uncomfortable with the way their bodies look–or, at least, with the way the top half of their bodies look. When patients are bothered by this (and only when they’re bothered by this) a breast reduction can lead to a significant improvement in confidence and self-esteem. But it should be noted that only patients who actually want cosmetic or plastic surgery should pursue plastic or cosmetic surgery.
Disadvantages of Breast Reduction
Of course, there are some drawbacks of breast reduction surgery. The most significant drawback to breast reduction–and it’s the same for just about any plastic surgery procedure–is the recovery period. You’ll need to find time to take off of work and (likely) stay off your feet for a bit. (But not too much–you have to follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions).
And, of course, there’s always the chance of complications of one kind or another. In most cases, if you’re diligent about following your surgeon’s instructions, you should be able to keep any complications under control.
For most patients, the drawbacks of breast reduction will essentially end there. One thing to consider (though it’s not necessarily a drawback all on its own) is the fact that in order to achieve your desired final outcome, you may need to undergo a breast lift procedure, which can make the orientation of your breasts appear significantly more youthful. It’s not appropriate for all cases, but it is a common strategy for achieving your desired final result.
Transparency With Your Surgeon
Ultimately, all of the benefits and drawbacks of breast reduction surgery can be discussed with your plastic surgeon. This kind of transparency is incredibly important–and it can usually help you achieve the results you’re after. The benefits and drawbacks of breast reduction will likely change depending on your specific situation and your desired results.
So it’s definitely a conversation worth having. If you want to know more about what a breast reduction can accomplish–for you, specifically–contact your local plastic surgeon to have a chat about the topic.