Breast reduction surgery rates as one of the highest in patient satisfaction for elective plastic surgery. Surprisingly, there are several myths about the procedure that discourages many women from proceeding with surgery. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that is unfortunate because most women who have undergone the procedure wish they had done it sooner as it significantly enhanced their quality of life.
Some of the inaccuracies that you should be aware of are:
Losing weight will reduce your breast size
• Breasts are composed of both breast tissue and fat. Losing weight may affect the breasts a bit but won’t reduce breast tissue. Also, when you lose weight, you can’t know where you will lose fat. The ratio of fat to breast tissue is different for all women. For those women that do have a high percentage of fat, losing weight may help if you could count on the fat loss coming off your breasts. Otherwise, liposuction is a good alternative for these women.
You can’t breastfeed after breast reduction surgery
• If you select an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, the chances are good that you will still be able to nurse if the nipple and areola are still connected to breast tissue. However, in some breast reduction cases, it is necessary to reposition the nipple/areola complex, and the ability to breastfeed may be somewhat compromised. With the passage of time, sensation may start to return, and lactation may be possible.
Women can choose their breast size.
•You can have a general goal for the desired breast size. However, some factors influence the final result, such as variations in surgery, and how the breasts heal. Showing your surgeon pictures of what size you are aiming for can be a big help, but results cannot be guaranteed.
Women should be happy with large breasts
• Some men and women with small breasts don’t understand why a large breasted woman would want a reduction. Having breast reduction surgery is a very personal decision. Many women suffer from back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, rashes, not to mention difficulty exercising, and shopping for clothes that will fit them. For many women, surgery is medically advised, and insurance may cover some or all of their procedure.
If your breasts have been causing you discomfort and you have wondered about breast reduction surgery, call for an appointment now (415) 898-4161, and consult with Dr. Delgado, to learn what options are available to you.