Breast Reduction Surgery: Forget What You’ve Been Told

If you’ve looked into breast reduction surgery, you’ve likely come across quite a bit of information online. The problem with some of the information that’s out there is that it may be created by someone who hasn’t lived your experience. You may have talked with friends or loved ones about your interest in breast reduction and been surprised and confused by their lack of understanding. Therefore, you may need to forget some (or all) of what you’ve been told about breast reduction. We’ll start with the following.

Large breasts are something to be happy about.

Many women who express discomfort about having large breasts are met with statements of surprise. It is often assumed that women would appreciate their shape. Again, this assumption typically comes from people who do not live with the heaviness and other frustrations of large breasts. Breast reduction surgery is a deeply personal decision that some women want to have so they can finally be free of shoulder and back pain. Some want to be able to find clothing that fits. Some want to enjoy smaller, perkier breasts. Some want to no longer have to endure unsolicited glances or stares. Whatever your reason for wanting breast reduction, there is no reason to attach judgment about it.

If I lose weight, my breasts will shrink.

The breasts are made up of fatty tissue. Generally, the breasts get slightly larger if we gain weight and slightly smaller if we lose weight. This happens within limited parameters, though. Trying to reduce breast size through diet and exercise could be detrimental not only to your physical health but also to your emotional well-being. Large breasts usually get that way because of an excess of both fatty tissue and glandular tissue. Surgery is the best method of reduction.

If I have breast reduction, I cannot breastfeed.

This myth about breast reduction can feel very upsetting. You want to feel better in your own skin but also don’t want to destroy your chances of breastfeeding if that is something you’d like to do in the future. There is a slight risk that breast surgery can disrupt the milk ducts. However, the risk is very low. Patients must choose their board-certified surgeon with great care and ask a lot of questions about experience and technique.

Talk to an experienced surgeon about breast reduction. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Shridharani in our NYC office, call (212) 508-0000.

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