How Can Breast Reduction Improve My Health and My Life?
Breast reduction surgery relieves the physical strain and distress caused by heavy breasts and brings other lifestyle benefits.
The physical benefits of reduction mammoplasty may include:
- Relief from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Improved posture
- Fewer headaches and migraines
- Relief from skin irritation and rashes under the breasts and on the abdomen
- Elimination of painful indentations from bra straps on the shoulders
- Better breast symmetry
- Improved health when smaller breasts enable you to be more physically active
Breast reduction can also improve your quality of life. You may experience emotional and lifestyle benefits, such as:
- A more positive self-image and increased self-confidence
- Less embarrassment over breast appearance
- Ability to engage in a wider range of physical activities
- More clothing choices and better clothing fit
These benefits vary from patient to patient. We can give you a better idea of the positive changes you may experience after your reduction mammoplasty consultation with Dr. Bresnick.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you suffer from physical discomfort or pain due to large, heavy breasts, or if you are embarrassed about your appearance. Ideal patients are in good health and do not smoke.
Dr. Bresnick will consult with you before scheduling the procedure to explain how the surgery can change the size and shape of your breasts and what you can expect in recovery. He will want you to make your decision based on full information so that you have realistic expectations and are satisfied with the outcome.
What Can I Expect in Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Most patients find the recovery from the procedure to be easier than they expected. Most women return home later in the day of the procedure to recover. We recommend that you arrange for a trusted adult to drive you home and to remain with you for the first day.
To improve your comfort during recovery, we use a long-lasting anesthetic and provide pain medication. We suggest that you rest during the first few days after the procedure.
We see our patients often during the recovery process. For the first week, you should plan to have a friend, family member, or a transport service bring you to appointments. After that, you can drive yourself to your appointments. If you have a desk-type job, you should be able to return to work in 7 to 10 days. If you have a physically strenuous job, you may need to take several weeks off from work. It is generally safe to resume exercise in 4 to 6 weeks.