Understand the Potential Pros and Cons of Breast Reduction Surgery

Photo-of-breast-reduction-surgery-LocateADocWhile many patients report a completely positive outcome, those who are considering breast reduction surgery should understand the potential pros and cons of undergoing the procedure. As is the case with any type of surgical process, every patient has a unique experience. It’s important to know what could happen beforehand. These pros and cons represent some of the most common findings reported by patients who have elected to have breast reduction surgery done:


  • The reduced weight can grant significant relief from chronic back, shoulder, neck, and other upper body pain.

  • Additional health benefits include improved breathing habits, circulation, balance, and posture.

  • Buying complementary clothing that fits appropriately can be much less stressful and easier overall.

  • Self-esteem and confidence increases as you feel more comfortable in your body’s contours and proportions.

  • Asymmetrical measurements can be evened out, making many activities, such as bra shopping, more enjoyable.

  • The identification of concerning lumps may be easier in the future due to decreased amount of tissue.


  • Some patients experience difficulty with lactation, and, of course, they cannot breast feed during recovery.

  • Scarring is inevitable, though modern techniques generally keep visible scars to a minimum.

  • Nipple sensation may be affected by breast reduction surgery.

  • During recovery, patients may not be able to work for a period of about one to two weeks, and they need to limit their physical activity for at least a few weeks after that.

If you’re curious about breast reduction surgery, nothing can replace the one-on-one advice and guidance provided by an experienced surgeon. Contact a medical professional to talk about your concerns and to discuss whether or not you’d make a good candidate for this procedure. There are numerous benefits that make it a winning solution for many people.

To learn more about this procedure, check out our resources guide or find a doctor in your area to consult with.

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