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Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Reduction Surgery?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 12:26

Breast reduction surgery is not usually done for appearance only. It is done to relieve medical problems and physical discomforts caused by unusually large breasts. These discomforts include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Poor posture and deformities of the skeleton
  • Grooves and scars on shoulders from bra straps
  • Rashes on the skin under the breasts
  • Breathing problems

Overlarge breasts can also cause inconveniences in daily life.

  • Many women find it difficult or impossible to find clothing and bras that fit.
  • Women with big breasts often draw unwanted stares and comments and can feel limited in the social and physical activities in which they can participate.
  • They sometimes find sports or vigorous activity painful.
  • Large breasts can make many women, especially adolescent girls, extremely self-conscious.

In most cases, breast reduction surgery cannot be done until the breasts are fully grown, usually by age 18.

A woman who intends to breast-feed a baby probably should not have the procedure. It's preferable to delay the procedure until she has had all her children.

Women whose breasts are sagging but not too large might receive more benefit from a breast lift, also known as mastopexy.

Need To Know:

It is important to know that breast reduction surgery can reduce the size of the breasts and relieve the discomfort caused by very large breasts, but it can't create perfect breasts.


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