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Can Breast Reduction Surgery Reduce my Pain?

If there are two things that women with larger breasts will be able to commiserate about, it’s the lack of really cute bras and clothing that offer a flattering fit and the amount of physical pain that the breasts themselves can cause.

Larger breasts, particularly if on a frame that is not large enough to support them, can lead to neck and shoulder pain for the woman. Even with really supportive bras and other undergarments, the pain and tension in the neck and shoulder muscles can prove to be chronic.

Even bra straps alone can be the cause of a significant amount of discomfort, as they dig into the shoulders with the weight of the breasts they are supporting.

Breast reduction surgery offers a beacon of hope for women who have, for too long, lived with pain as a result of their larger breasts.

Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?

Women who are in otherwise great physical health, with breasts that are too large for their frame, are good candidates for this procedure. There is a common misconception that only women who have overly large breasts are solid candidates for the procedure. The reality is that any breasts that are too large for a body frame, and that cause a significant amount of discomfort in the neck and shoulders, are candidates for reduction.

There may also be some cosmetic reasons for a woman wanting to reduce the size of her breasts. A source of additional information about the reduction surgery is

Are there any risks or concerns related to breast reduction surgery?

Any and all surgeries can bring with them some risks, including the risks for complications from anaesthesia and postoperative infection. Open communication with your surgeon, including honesty about any previous surgeries or underlying health concerns, can help to ensure that your surgery goes as smoothly as is possible.

Some patients may experience a loss in sensation on their breasts, but this is very common and most often resolves itself within six months of the procedure.

Infections are rare, but can happen. It’s important to follow the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon. It’s equally as important to reach out to your doctor if you experience any bleeding, fever or redness that won’t ease up.

How much pain can be expected after surgery?

There are no two ways about it. There will be discomfort and some pain after the surgery to reduce breast size. The good news is that this discomfort and pain are temporary and will pass once the incisions have had some time to heal. Your surgeon will ensure that you are as comfortable as is possible and will prescribe pain relievers to help get you through those first few postoperative days.

As the days go by, you’ll find that you feel stronger and have more range of motion restored. By the six to eight-week mark, you’ll likely find that you feel absolutely no discomfort or pain as a result of the surgery. You’ll also find that there is a huge improvement in the pressure that was once placed upon your neck and shoulders.

Breast reduction surgery recovery can range between a few days to a few weeks in order to feel completely back to normal. Within six to eight weeks of the surgery, you’ll be able to enjoy an active lifestyle that is much less hindered by the pain that you once felt as a result of your larger breasts.