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Considerations Before Choosing Breast Reduction Surgery


Having large breasts may enhance the sense of femininity for some women, while others may feel self-conscious and have excruciating pain. Considering different factors may help you decide whether a breast reduction is appropriate for you and determine the right timing for the procedure.

Medical Problems

One of the most profound reasons to consider a breast reduction is if you experience back pain and/or difficulties sleeping due to the size of your breasts. The impact of larger breasts is purely individualized and can depend on your size and underlying body structure. Women with smaller frames may find their breasts do not need to be especially large before they start to hunch over and experience pain in their shoulders. You may not be able to sleep on your back or lie flat without feeling like you are suffocating or experiencing significant pressure on your chest. Other medical problems you might experience are rashes under your breasts caused by yeast. Both back problems and rashes can increase your chances of having your medical insurance pay for your breast reduction because the procedure is no longer purely cosmetic.


Some teenagers with large breasts want to have a breast reduction, often because having larger breasts can increase feelings of insecurity with their body and large breasts can be a hindrance if they want to be active in sports. Some plastic surgeons will not perform a breast reduction until a teenage approaches adulthood because their breasts are still growing. Since the breasts have not reached their full size, it is difficult to predict the post-surgical results. It is best to wait until early adulthood before considering a breast reduction. If you choose to have the procedure earlier, you may need a revision if your breasts increase several cup sizes later.

Similarly, if you are reaching a point in your life where you may want to start a family, you should decide how impactful it would be to have a breast reduction now or wait until after you have finished having a family. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause significant changes to your breasts that may undo a breast reduction procedure.


If you are significantly overweight, it may be difficult to determine how large your breasts would be if you were closer to a healthy body weight. You may want to make the decision to shed excess pounds before coming to a definitive conclusion about having surgery. Unfortunately, having large breasts can also make it harder to engage in exercise. Try to find low-impact exercises, such as walking or the stationary bike. Many women find that layering sports bras is the best way to achieve support during exercise. The racerback styles of sports bra may dig into your shoulders less than a traditional sports bra and provide more support.

The decision to have breast reduction surgery is often easy if your breasts are adversely affecting your life and health, but timing is also critical. Finding the right timing for breast reduction surgery can improve your long-term satisfaction with the results. Work with a professional such as Cusenz Bruce MD  to learn more.


7 November 2016