Breast Reduction Candidates
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction can be performed for various medical and cosmetic reasons. Although many women decide to seek surgery due to the physical discomfort and burden of living with enlarged breasts, cosmetic improvement is often an added benefit. Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back are common side effects of overly large breasts, and many women find it difficult to find properly fitting bras and clothing, which can further exacerbate their pain. In addition, rashes are prone to developing underneath the breasts and may not always respond to medical treatment, making surgery the final step for many women to get relief. If you can relate to any of these issues, you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery.
More and more women are discovering the life-changing potential of reducing their overly large breasts for a more proportionate and balanced breast size.
The purpose of the breast reduction procedure is to remove excess breast tissue and skin, as well as elevate the nipple and areola. Reduction surgery is performed similarly to breast lift surgery, except in addition to lifting the breasts to a more youthful position, your surgeon also removes the extra tissue to create a smaller, more round breast shape.
To be a good candidate, you should be in generally good health and have realistic expectations of your breast reduction results. Your surgeon will discuss your needs in detail to ensure you have a proper understanding of what your surgery will entail. This can help you stay informed throughout the process as your surgeon carries out your personalized treatment plan.
Our breast reduction patients who are living with chronic pain due to enlarged breasts often report feeling an improvement immediately after surgery. As their bodies continue to adapt to the newer, lighter breast size, patients tend to feel comfortable with being more active, which can ultimately help them improve their overall health.
Teen Breast Reduction
Teenage breast reduction is typically performed on those who feel self-conscious, experience neck and shoulder pain, and/or have difficulty finding clothes that fit due to their enlarged breasts. This physical and emotional discomfort can take a toll on how young women interact with others as well as their overall quality of life. Studies have shown that by offering breast reduction for teens who are good candidates for the surgery, the pros far outweigh the cons. Although weight loss may help reduce breast size in some patients, this is not always appropriate and often doesn’t significantly improve their breast concerns. As a result, Dr. Zemmel strives to educate his teen patients about breast reduction, helping them make an informed decision about their wellbeing. He has found that by addressing their concerns related to oversized breasts, and not waiting years down the road, young women can feel more confident and live their lives without feeling hindered by their breasts. While there is not an ideal age for undergoing breast reduction, some insurance providers require patients to be at least 16 years old.
Schedule Your Consultation
There are many benefits to breast reduction surgery, and our board-certified plastic surgeon wants to help you discover the best solution for your cosmetic or medical concerns. To find out if you are a good candidate for a reduction, please contact us to set up your consultation.