If you've got disproportionately large breasts that are causing neck pain, back pain or other physical symptoms, you may want to consider a breast reduction.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast reduction has increased 146% since 1992 from nearly 40,000 procedures to more than 97,000 surgeries. The procedure carries tremendous psychological effects and most women who undergo breast reduction are very satisfied with the results.
It is also important to note that this surgery isn't just for women, either. Men who have conditions such as gynecomastia (where male breasts are enlarged abnormally) also may seek a breast reduction. Consider this: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast reduction in men increased 142%, from nearly 5,000 procedures in 1992 to just over 12,000 surgeries in 2001.
Your consultation for breast reduction surgery
Before getting breast reduction surgery, you will go in for a pre-operative consultation, during which time your surgeon will take a detailed medical history, including whether or not you've ever had a lump removed from your breast or any other medical conditions affecting your breasts. He or she also will take a detailed family history. You should be in good physical and mental shape in order to undergo this surgery.
It's important that you are completely honest during this consultation. That includes being completely open with your medical history. It also means being very open as to why you're seeking a breast reduction . You should expect to discuss the emotional issues you've dealt with; that is, how have you felt dealing with your breast size? How has it made you feel, physically? What types of physical conditions have you experienced?
Your surgeon may take photos of your breasts and measure them. During this time, he or she also will discuss how much breast tissue should be removed to achieve the desired results. You also will learn about how to prepare for the surgery and how to plan for your recovery. Your surgeon may prepare you for this procedure by performing a mammography and breast exam.