8 Important Things To Know About Breast Reductions

Big boobs are sometimes thought of as *the* thing to have. If you have a small chest, you might wish that you were a fuller cup size because big boobs are often considered the male ideal, large chests are sexy, and they help fill out tops. I’m sure that there are girls with larger chests who would counter the points and wish they had smaller boobs.

All types of boobs should be celebrated, but it’s important to be aware that a very large cup size can cause discomfort for someone. Having a large chest can cause more trouble than finding the right bra size. It can cause back pain and make exercising next to impossible. If you’ve been dealing with symptoms that are impacting your life, you might be considering having a breast reduction. Before you go further with the procedure, here are some important things to know about breast reduction surgery.

You Will Have To Go Through A Thorough Consultation

As with the vast majority of procedures, you will need to have a consultation with a prospective doctor. In the meeting, you will be able to decide whether you're doing the right thing. In turn, the professionals will decide whether you're the right candidate for surgery. Be prepared to talk about almost every aspect of your girls from their size, to your general health, to when you began developing, how your boobs have impacted you, and the emotional response to having a large chest.

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You Will Have To Prepare For The Surgery

The surgery is obviously the big thing, but there is still some prep to be done beforehand. Doctors want their patients to be healthy prior to undergoing surgery, so they might ask you to make some lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, becoming more active, or losing weight. Sometimes, surgeons will ask patients to stop taking certain medications.

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Your Breasts Should Be Done Growing Before You Can Have The Surgery

If you already have a large chest that is impacting your life, you might want to have surgery sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, breasts have to have stopped growing completely before you're able to undergo a breast reduction. There are exceptions to the rule, especially if someone is developing extremely fast.

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You Might Have To Have More Than One Surgery

Breasts can change as we get older. Hormones, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can impact chest size. If a person has surgery in their late teens or 20s, they might actually find themselves considering another surgery later in life, after they've experienced body changes. You might also be considering another surgery if you had breast reduction surgery before your boobs were fully done growing. You also have to consider having another procedure because of complications from the first one.

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The Surgery May Or May Not Be Covered By Insurance

Breast reduction surgery can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000. It can be covered by insurers, but be aware that sometimes it might take some work and some fighting to get the coverage. That often means getting doctors to support your case by signing letters that this is a medical procedure that will help you rather than just something cosmetic.

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There Are Different Procedures And Scars

There isn't one type of breast reduction surgery. Two of the most common methods are the "anchor," which is the OG, while the "lollipop" is the newer version that has less scarring. The nicknames are in reference to the incisions that are made. Both have pros and cons and your surgeon will be able to discuss what one is best for you. No matter one, the surgeon will cut around the nipple to remove the breast tissue.

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Your Nipples Might Be Different Afterward

As I mentioned, the nipple are where the incision is and where the surgeon removes the breast tissue from. Some people find that their nipples are more sensitive after they've healed while others find they're less sensitive. There's also the question about whether you will be able to breastfeed. About half of patients are still able to breastfeed after surgery. Of those who are able, some elect not to for fear it might impact their breasts.

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Your Boobs Will Take Time To Settle

The surgery will take a couple of hours, but it's the healing that will take longest. You might be in the hospital for a few days post-surgery or your doctor might send you home. Some people are off school for one to two weeks after surgery, but everyone varies. During the healing, breasts will literally *fall.* This is where boobs will settle into their skin after surgery. Don't worry, your boobs won't look outrageous before this happens.

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