How Do I Know if I Need a Breast Reduction?
Breast reductions can be incredibly rewarding for a woman’s health, confidence and overall well-being. That said, there are many things that are not fully understood about the breast reduction procedure. Below, we’ll take a look at when you might consider a breast reduction, as well as the criteria that make you a good candidate for treatment.
Will I Benefit from a Breast Reduction?
Most women should have a pretty good idea whether the effects of a breast reduction will benefit them. Generally, if you experience any discomfort, self-consciousness or difficulties due to the size of your breasts, you can probably benefit from a breast reduction. More specifically, women who often experience back, shoulder or neck pain and soreness can improve their comfort and posture with this procedure. If you are self-conscious about the size of your breasts, or find it difficult to perform certain activities or wear certain clothes, you may also benefit from the results of a breast reduction.
Am I A Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
It’s important to note that even if you identify with the experiences above, you still must meet certain criteria to be a good fit for a surgical procedure. While the descriptions above are a good indicator that you should be considering a breast reduction, you must also consider your candidacy for surgery. For patients in bad health, surgery might be too much of a risk.
To be a good candidate for a breast reduction, you must be in good overall health. There are some health conditions that put you at a higher risk of complications during surgery, and patients with these conditions may need to explore alternative treatment options. If you are an active smoker, that will typically disqualify you from treatment, although there are some cases where surgery is still possible. Finally, you need to have realistic expectations about your procedure. Breast reduction surgery can be rewarding, but it’s important to be aware that there will be some scarring, downtime and risks involved in the procedure.
If you’re considering a breast reduction procedure, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Pollack. During your consultation, you can discuss your treatment goals with Dr. Pollack so that he can develop a treatment plan that is right for you. At this time, he can inform you of all of the details of treatment so that you fully understand each step involved.