Let’s Change Our Thinking Around Breast Reduction
- Posted on: Apr 30 2021
Breast surgeries are some of the most popular procedures performed today. It has been this way for many years. Most people have met someone who has had breast augmentation, the procedure that enlarges and enhances breast size. Many women choose to have breast lift surgery at some point. The reasons for wanting such procedures are relatively well-understood. However, if a woman expresses a desire to have breast reduction, she may feel the need to explain herself or postpone treatment due to misconceptions. Perhaps it’s time to change the way we think about breast reduction so more women can get on with their best lives.
- A woman should be happy to have large breasts.
Loved ones often mean well when they say things like “you look just fine the way you are.” We get that. However, there is a different vibe around breast reduction that reverberates through online and offline comments. There is this idea that large breasts are a blessing of some sort and that women who have them should be appreciative. Such comments are more than uninformed, they can be detrimental to a woman who wants to love her body and life more. To have breast reduction is deeply personal. Only you have lived your experience and know why this surgery would benefit you. Only you know the physical discomfort of large breasts on your body frame. Only you know the frustration of trying to find clothes that fit or the embarrassment of unsolicited stares. Therefore, only you can determine that breast reduction is the best choice for you.
- If I want smaller breasts, I should just lose weight.
This misconception puts all the responsibility on you to address a problem that “you caused” by being the weight you are. Now, we won’t argue the value of being a healthy weight. However, weight and breast size are only loosely related. The breasts have both fatty tissue and glandular tissue. The breast gland itself is largely involved in determining breast size. Weight fluctuations have minimal effect on size, rarely causing an increase or decrease that even comes close to one bra-cup.
- Breast reduction surgery will prevent me from breastfeeding.
Women who want to breastfeed but also wish to enjoy the comfort of smaller breasts have a difficult decision to make. However, that decision may not be nearly as difficult as they imagine. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is very familiar with breast anatomy. They know where the vital vessels and ducts are and how to minimize disruption to them. If you want breast reduction and you also want to retain the ability to breastfeed, take your time in choosing a plastic surgeon. Do not cut corners when it comes to costs. Ask lots of questions.
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