What do we consider the ideal breast size? The truth is, it depends who you ask. While it’s common for women to wish they had larger natural breasts, there are also many women who wish that their breasts were smaller. Especially large breasts can make a woman’s silhouette seem out of proportion and hinder her ability to confidently wear certain clothing. Additionally, larger breasts are heavier and put additional stress on the spine, leading to potential back and neck pain, as well as posture issues.
For women who wish to reduce the volume of their breasts, breast reduction surgery can be an outstanding solution. However, some women may balk at the idea of this procedure due to certain myths and misconceptions that have existed for years. So, for the sake of clarity, I have taken some time to debunk a few of the more common myths about breast reduction to help prospective breast reduction patients make the most informed decision possible.
Myth #1: I Can Have My Breasts Reduced to a Precise Cup Size
This is false. Unfortunately, due to fluctuations in sizes between different bra manufacturers, it can be extremely difficult to predict an exact cup size you’ll end up with following your breast reduction. We do use Crisalix 3D Imaging technology to help our patients see a projection of what their new breasts may look like. Try not to get hung up on cup size. The important thing is that your new breast size better compliments your figure and alleviates any other issues you were having prior to surgery.
Myth #2: Weight Loss Can Serve as a Substitute for Breast Reduction
Breasts are made up of fat and glandular tissue. It’s true that some women tend to add fatty tissue in their breasts when they gain weight, and this can be reduced during weight loss. However, if your breasts are large enough that you are considering breast reduction, this is likely due to excess glandular tissue and weight loss will only help so much. Glandular tissue develops naturally and cannot be shed with weight loss or liposuction.
Myth #3: Breast Reduction is Only for Women
Many men suffer from gynecomastia, a condition where excess glandular tissue causes an enlargement of the male breasts. That’s why I perform male breast reduction surgery to help men treat this aesthetic issue and achieve the chest contour they desire. Much like during traditional breast reduction surgery, male breast reduction involves surgically removing glandular breast tissue to provide a flatter, more masculine chest.
Spending time researching your plastic surgery in advance can help you achieve a better understanding of your respective procedure and help maintain realistic expectations regarding your final results. That’s why I’m always happy to answer questions my patients have before any surgery I perform. For more information on breast reduction or to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, contact me, Dr. David Whiteman. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for additional plastic surgery news, notes, and more.