Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

While the decision to undergo a breast reduction is personal for every patient, a large number of individuals considering the procedure seek to alleviate the physical burdens caused by large, heavy breasts. Women with overly large breasts are often forced to contend with debilitating back and neck pain, trouble breathing, posture issues, and skin irritation, among other difficult symptoms. As a result, many prospective surgical candidates desire a substantial decrease in breast size, with some even wishing to size down to an “A” cup. The question of how much breast reduction is possible frequently arises.

This surgery can achieve varying degrees of reduction, depending on a patient’s unique body proportions and cosmetic goals. Breast reduction is designed to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and/or skin. The remaining breast tissue can then be reshaped for a rejuvenated appearance to go along with the smaller breast size. Ideally, the outcome should remain proportional to your build while still diminishing the physical hardships caused by large breasts. While a drastic reduction can be accomplished, an excessive reduction that is disproportionate to the width of your chest and torso can result in breasts that appear too small, flat, or wide on your chest wall. Additionally, the safety concerns of removing too much breast tissue at one time should be accounted for.

When determining the optimal amount of reduction for you, it is essential to communicate your sizing goals and physical symptoms to our board-certified plastic surgeon. Because cup sizes can have different meanings for different people, bringing a photo of your desired cosmetic result is often very helpful. Ultimately, each reduction is personalized to meet your unique goals and our surgeon can help you ascertain the smallest size that can alleviate the discomfort of large breasts and safely give you your ideal aesthetic result.

If you would like to learn more about the considerations for breast reduction surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. David L. Durst, please contact our office today.

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