There is no such thing as a “right” or “ideal” breast size. The right breast size is whatever makes the woman feel best about herself and her body. So, while it may be normal for some women to wish they had larger breasts, for many others, smaller breasts may be preferable. This is why many women who were born with naturally larger breasts turn to breast reduction surgery as a solution to overly large or heavy breasts.
Breast reduction can help reduce the size of a woman’s breasts by safely removing excess tissue, fat, and skin from the breast area. In addition to helping achieve a more proportional silhouette, breast reduction can also provide relief for women whose larger breasts create additional issues like back and neck pain. Since I strongly believe that preparation is incredibly important before any cosmetic surgery procedure, I wanted to provide some simple tips for prospective breast reduction patients trying to get ready for their procedure:
- Avoid taking aspirin, other anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Aleve, etc.), and herbal supplements that can increase bleeding for 2 weeks before and after surgery.
- It is recommended to get a baseline mammogram to make sure your breasts are in good health.
- Avoid all consumption of tobacco and nicotine products (including vaping & e-cigarettes) for at least 3 weeks before and after your procedure.
- Limit yourself to fewer than 2-3 alcoholic drinks per week while preparing for breast reduction.
- Make sure to request enough time off of work following your surgery (typically one week, though this can vary).
- Confirm with your plastic surgeon during the consultation whether a hospital stay will be required after your surgery.
- Remember to arrange a ride to and from your surgery and make sure you have someone to look after you that night.
- Purchase your compression garments in advance so that you can have them ready immediately following surgery to aid in our recovery by reducing post-surgery swelling.
In my experience, the more time that prospective breast reduction patients spend preparing for their surgery, the more satisfied they will inevitably be with their procedure and final aesthetic results. If you would like to know more about breast reduction or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow along with us us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional tips, photos, news, and more.