Both, women and men, look in the mirror and contemplate changing aspects of their bodies, and for some, their breast size is a concern. Breast reduction surgery, known as reduction mammoplasty, can be a life-changing procedure for those who wish to reduce their breast size. In this article, we will explore what qualifies someone for a breast reduction, how the procedure is done, who is an ideal candidate and how much size reduction can be expected.

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What does a Breast Reduction do?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure designed to reduce breast size by removing excess fat, skin, and tissue. This surgery is often sought after for both aesthetic and medical reasons. Women may opt for breast reduction to achieve more proportional contours, alleviate back pain, and improve their overall quality of life. Men may undergo reduction mammoplasty to address a condition called gynecomastia, where male breast tissue becomes enlarged, often due to various factors like weight gain, aging, medications, or hormonal imbalances.

Before and after breast reduction surgery

Who is an ideal candidate for Breast Reduction?

Ideal candidates typically include:

  • Adults and adolescents with good overall health.
  • Non-smokers.
  • Adults without heart conditions or diabetes.
  • Those who do not plan to have more children or are done with childbearing.
  • Individuals not currently obese.

Women who are potential candidates for breast reduction surgery often experience:

  • Nerve pain.
  • Limited physical activity due to breast size.
  • Poor self-image stemming from their breast size.
  • Difficulty fitting into clothing and bras.
  • Rash or chronic skin irritation beneath the breasts.
  • Chronic shoulder, back, and neck pain that requires medication.

Who big do your breasts need to be to get a Breast Reduction?

Surgeons do not typically require a specific breast size to qualify for breast reduction. The primary consideration is whether the size of your breasts is causing both physical and mental health issues. If your breast size is causing discomfort, pain, limiting physical activity, or impacting your self-image and quality of life, you may be a candidate for breast reduction.

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Who is not an ideal candidate for Breast Reduction?

If you are planning to have more children or are in the process of losing weight, experts recommend delaying breast reduction surgery. While the procedure itself doesn’t typically interfere with breastfeeding, hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can lead to an increase in breast size. In such cases, additional surgery may be needed later to achieve the desired breast proportions and contour.

It’s essential to note that weight loss can impact breast size, but most of the breast is composed of fatty tissue, not glandular tissue. Therefore, exercise and diet-induced weight loss may reduce breast size to some extent, but for significant reduction, reduction mammoplasty may still be necessary.


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