5 Things to Consider If You’re Thinking About a Breast Reduction Procedure
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort due to large breasts, a breast reduction procedure can provide relief. Breast reduction surgery (also called a “reduction mammoplasty”) is a fairly common procedure. Before booking your appointment, it’s important that you learn about the procedure. Consider these important facts so you can make an informed choice.
Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery
1. Timing Is Key
If you’ve been struggling with large breasts for some time, it’s not surprising that you may want to start preparing for breast reduction surgery as soon as possible; however, like any surgery, it’s important that you plan wisely.
For example, you may want to delay your breast reduction procedure if you plan on having a baby in the future. The procedure may affect your ability to breastfeed, although your surgeon may be able to use techniques to prevent issues. Be sure to discuss breastfeeding with your surgeon before choosing to have this surgery.
Additionally, if you plan on losing weight naturally through diet and exercise, the surgery may not be necessary. Again, talk to a qualified physician about your options. You should also hold off on surgery if you’re obese, a smoker, or if you have heart problems, diabetes, or other health problems that could cause complications.
Although you can get a breast reduction at any age, having the surgery done too young may require that you get secondary surgery when you get older.
2. Weight Reduction Isn’t the Only Reason for the Surgery
The most common reason for breast reduction procedure is because women experience neck, shoulder, and back pain due to the excess weight. Breast reductions can help alleviate this pain, as well as relieve:
- Skin Irritation or Rashes Beneath the Breasts
- Difficulty Performing Physical Activities
- Nerve Pain
- Problems Finding Clothing That Fit Properly
- Self-Confidence Issues
3. There Are Risks Involved
Although the vast majority of women preparing for breast reduction end up happy with their results, there are some potential complications you should know about, including:
- Loss of Sensation in the Nipples and Surrounding Areas
- Problems Breastfeeding
- Bruising (Typically Temporary)
- Negative Reaction to Anesthesia
A breast reduction procedure can also affect the shape and symmetry of the breasts. If you’re not satisfied with your post-surgery results, you may need to get revision surgery, later on, to further enhance the appearance of your breasts. If you’re considering breast reduction surgery (or any surgery), it’s important that you go to a board-certified practitioner to reduce your risks of poor results or post-surgery complications.
4. You May Not Need to Pay Out of Pocket
A big part of preparing for breast reduction is determining if it will fit into your budget. Fortunately, you might be able to cover some or even all of your procedure’s cost with health insurance. Because a breast reduction can have legitimate medical benefits, it’s not always covered the same as other plastic surgeries.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2018, the average cost of a breast reduction procedure was $5,680, although that figure doesn’t factor in other expenses such as anesthesia, tests, and prescriptions. If your health insurance plan covers breast reductions, you may need to submit a letter and photographs to obtain authorization.
It’s worth noting that minor breast reductions may not qualify for health insurance coverage. In order for it to be considered a legitimate medical procedure, a certain amount of tissue may have to be removed. Talk to a representative from your health insurance provider to find out about potential limitations.
5. You Need to Take Time Off to Recover
As you plan your breast reduction procedure, it’s crucial that you also consider postoperative care and allow ample time for the recovery process. At the bare minimum, you will need a full week to heal after surgery, although you may be out of commission for two weeks or possibly even longer.
During your recovery from surgery, you may experience feelings of depression. That’s completely normal and should subside as you get used to your new body. You’ll most likely feel tired and lethargic, and there’s usually physical pain in the breast area. Your surgeon should provide a prescription painkiller and antibiotic to alleviate pain.
While recovering, you will need to avoid any sort of strenuous physical activity as pushing yourself after breast reduction surgery can cause scarring. After your breast reduction procedure, you will also need to go to follow-up appointments to have the bandages and sutures inspected and removed professionally.
During the recovery period, it’s very important that you seek medical assistance if you notice any signs of infection such as a fever or abnormal discharge from the incision. It’s also important to contact a medical professional if the sutures come out prematurely.
Plan Your Stay at Pearl Recovery Retreat
Proper recovery is vital to the short and long-term success of your operation. While breast reduction procedures are relatively safe, complications can arise. To ensure your quick and restful recovery, consider staying at a recovery center where you have ongoing 24/7 customized medical care and a dedicated concierge staff readily available to cater to your every need.
Beyond protecting your physical health, staying at Pearl Recovery Retreat helps you to overcome the emotional and mental stress associated with postoperative recovery. Situated within the 5-star, luxury Viceroy Beverly Hills Hotel, we proudly offer a stunning, tranquil environment where you can truly enjoy yourself, even during this vulnerable time. Our rooms and suites come fully stocked with five-star amenities, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber therapy and private after surgery transportation to-and-from your appointments, so you can relax and heal in luxury.
If you’ve decided that a breast reduction procedure is the right decision for you, we encourage you to book your stay now. It’s never too early to start planning — treat yourself to a pleasant recovery in a gorgeous environment and reserve your wellness suite today.