If you know you would enjoy life more with smaller, lighter breasts, a breast reduction can give you the freedom to exercise comfortably, wear the clothing you like, and participate in activities without worrying about how your breasts look or feel.
The decision to have breast reduction is personal, and women choose the procedure for a variety of reasons. If any of the following sound familiar, we encourage you to consider breast reduction surgery:
- Your back, neck or shoulders hurt all the time, and you have trouble taking a deep breath.
- You are self-conscious about having disproportionately large breasts.
- You want to eliminate unwanted attention due to your breasts.
- Bras are extremely uncomfortable, chafing and leaving indentations on your shoulders.
- You feel limited in your clothing choices because of your large, sagging breasts.
- You have bought every sports bra on the market, but none make exercise easier.
For most of our patients, a combination of these problems led them to have this life-enhancing surgery, which can increase both physical comfort and self-confidence: their backs no longer hurt, posture improves, exercise becomes more enjoyable, and they’re happier with how they look and feel in clothing.
What Is The Recovery Like?
You will be happy to learn that most of our patients are back to daily activities within the first week after surgery, including a return to work if they have a desk job.
It is common to have some bruising, swelling and tenderness initially, which will subside over the first several weeks after surgery, and you will need to rest at home for the first 2-3 days. While everyone heals differently, you can expect the following with recovery:
- Bed rest the day of surgery is recommended.
- Limit activity for the next two days following surgery.
- Avoid lifting & more strenuous activities for about one to two weeks.
- With your surgeon’s okay, you can return to work within the first week.
- Expect to wear a supportive sports bra for a couple of weeks following surgery.
- You can usually resume most aerobic exercise 2-4 weeks after surgery.
To learn more about breast reduction surgery, read the Breast Reduction Guide by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
Will Insurance Cover Breast Reduction?
In some cases, breast reduction surgery may be covered by certain insurance companies. Our office will work with your insurance company to determine the scope of your benefits. Otherwise, this surgery would be considered cosmetic.