Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to the size of your breasts. More than 96 percent of women who have had reduction surgery are thrilled with their breast reduction results, according to statistics from realself.com. Many wonder why they waited so long to have surgery!
The physical problems from large breasts can be numerous. We hear a number of complaints from our patients who are seeking breast reduction, such as:
- Chronic back, neck, and/or shoulder pain
- Chafing and skin irritation
- Grooves in the skin from bra straps
- Discomfort during exercise or physical activity
- Limited mobility
- Difficulty in finding well-fitting clothing and undergarments
Although it tends to be the physical problems that prompt women to consider breast reduction surgery, overly large breasts also may be a source of emotional pain: low self-esteem and even depression develop because of the self-consciousness women endure over the years. Many report that they’re tired of being stared at or feeling like they stand out of the crowd because of the size of their breasts.
Unlike many plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction may be covered by insurance because of the physical issues caused by extremely large breasts. As to be expected, documentation is required for insurance coverage, which usually includes a doctor’s statement, photographs of the breasts, and an estimate of the weight of tissue to be removed. Be sure to consult with your insurance company if you are considering this procedure.
Breast reduction surgery creates one of the most immediate body-image changes of any cosmetic procedure—following a few weeks of recovery, you’ll be quickly relieved of the pain and discomfort you’ve experienced. After a breast reduction, you’ll be able to return to work within about two weeks, but you should wait three or four weeks before lifting or pushing anything heavy. The initial bruising and swelling fades in the first few weeks after surgery, and your breasts will settle into their new shape over the next few months following the procedure.
With a new proportional figure, you will likely see improvements in many areas of your life, both physical and emotional. Dr. Zevon has helped many women with this issue and is happy to discuss the potential benefits of breast reduction surgery with you.