Women with significantly large breasts can often end up in discomfort or pain because of the extra weight they’re carrying around on their chest.
Lower back, neck, and shoulder pain is common, and can have a knock on effect on other areas of your life.
If you’re considering getting a breast reduction, here are 5 things you need to know.
You might be told to lose weight first
You might already know that when your weight fluctuates, the size of your breasts can change too. If you’re overweight, your doctor may ask you to lose weight before opting for surgery, which is likely to shrink your breasts in the process.
It’s painful, but not unbearable
Surgeons say you will experience soreness in the first few days after the operation, but it should be bearable. But it’s important to remember that every patient is different, and everyone’s bodies react differently.
You’ll need about six weeks to recover
You’ll need time off work to recover after surgery, and you won’t be able to carry out general day to day activities like shopping, cleaning, or childcare. You’ll also be required to wear a special post-surgery bra for up to 3 months after (day and night).
You might lose nipple sensation
There are risks with any type of surgery, but breast reduction can result in you losing some or all sensation in your nipples. This is usually temporary (lasting between a year or two), but can be permanent, and end up affecting your sex life.
It can impact your ability to breastfeed
Breast reduction involves the breast tissue being divided, and this will mean a reduction in milk producing glands, which will result in lower milk production.
For this reason, some women wait until after they’ve had a family to have the surgery.