Will breast reduction be right for me?
Most women who decide to have breast reduction surgery are motivated by physical problems. Most of these women have sagging breasts that cause physical symptoms, are having significant difficulties with self esteem issues, extreme frustration being unable to purchase clothing, as well as their breast ptosis preventing them from participating in preferred activities.
Where possible it is always better to wait until breasts are fully developed. In extreme circumstances, where serious asymmetry and ptosis are present, breast lift may be indicated at an earlier age. This is very rare and at the very least is deferred until early adult life.
In general breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed again in the future and where possible, it is optimal to delay a breast lift until you have completed your family. This is intended to protect patients from the risk of further ptosis occurring and having to consider the prospect of repeat surgery.
As with all purely elective surgical procedures, women considering breast lift must take considerable time and effort to understand the procedure; the limitations and risks associated with the procedure; and have realistic goals and expectations of the results. Investigating breast lift should be an active process.
The more information you gather and the greater your understanding of the process the more likely you are to arrive at the correct decision for you. You are also more likely to have realistic expectations and be happier with the results.
You may decide against breast lift if:
- You have a strong family history of breast cancer
- You have a history of forming bad scars (hypertrophic or keloid scars)
- Speak with a nurse
- Speak with a patient champion
- Book an appointment with Dr Jamie Burt
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
- heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
- one breast is much larger than the other
- back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- skin irritation beneath your breasts
- indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
- restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
- dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts