While breast augmentation aims to increase the bust size, the goal of breast reduction surgery is the total opposite. This procedure typically involves extensive incisions to remove a certain amount of tissue, fats, and skin, which in turn can lessen the size of the female chest.
Breast reduction surgery is particularly ideal if you are suffering from chronic back pain, limited movement because of the extra weight of your bust, non-healing irritation in the cleavage and along the crease, and shoulder strain, just to name a few. However, you may also have the procedure even without these symptoms if you like to improve your figure.
But as with any major surgery, you must be in good health as it requires several weeks of recovery. It simply means that you must not be suffering from serious medical conditions that may delay your recovery or result to undue risks.
You are not a good candidate particularly if you have wound healing disorders, diabetes, heart problems, and kidney disorders. As much as possible, these conditions should be treated first or at least “controlled” before you undergo any surgery, particularly if it involves extensive incisions.
You should also think twice of having breast reduction surgery if you have a history of irregular mammograms and undiagnosed lumps in the breasts.
Another important requirement is to be in normal weight. You should remember that if you are obese or are experiencing significant weight changes, the result of surgery may be reversed and/or you may end up with a deflated-looking, sagging bust. While repeating the procedure is possible, doing so will result to more scarring and higher risk of asymmetrical appearance.
Meanwhile, smokers in general are not a good candidate for any cosmetic surgery as they are very prone to gangrene (manifested by purplish color which doesn’t seem like common bruises) and delayed healing. Because the nicotine stiffens the blood vessels, the oxygen-rich blood finds it hard to reach the wound.
As with any plastic surgery, you will undergo a lengthy consultation with your doctor so he can determine if your expectations and goals are realistic. You should remember that breast reduction cannot change the fundamental shape of your bust, and the result will only be a smaller version of your breasts.
You should also accept the fact that scarring is just one of the tradeoffs of having breast surgery. These are the other things you also have to consider: risk of asymmetrical appearance, puckery skin, infection, and delayed healing; however, these can be minimized or even avoided if you will choose a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.