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When Is the Right Time for Breast Reduction?

May 15, 2024 | 4 minute read

Female holding large breast in her hand

Breast reduction surgery provides a solution to heavy breasts that weigh you down. The best time to get a breast reduction depends on your personal life and if your breasts have been causing enough interferences to lead you to make a change. Here, we discuss how breast reduction surgery can provide pain relief, make your clothes fit better, and allow you to exercise with fewer constraints. We also discuss what you can expect with breast reduction recovery and results.

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Are Large Breasts Weighing You Down? 

Women with overly large breasts often struggle with back and neck pain. If your breasts are disproportionately heavy, then they can physically weigh you down, causing your shoulders to hunch down and your back to slouch. Heavy breasts can also cause back pain and grooves on your shoulders from bra straps. Breast reduction surgery can address these issues. The right time to get a breast reduction varies from patient to patient. If your breasts have been causing you pain and making you feel like you can’t do certain activities because they get in the way, then it may be time to consider getting a breast reduction. 

What Can Breast Reduction Do? 

Large breasts can make your body proportions look unbalanced, irritate your skin, and cause pain in your back and shoulders. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin to reduce the overall size of the breasts and alleviate chronic pain caused by heavy breasts. At the same time, your breast tissue and nipple are lifted into a more anatomic and aesthetic location.

Provide Pain Relief

After a breast reduction, your breasts will be resized to fit your goals and body proportions. With your smaller breast size, you’ll be able to feel significant pain relief and no longer be weighed down by heavy breasts. Your neck, shoulders, and back won’t be strained from the weight of large breasts. 

Make Clothes Fit Better

Clothes can stretch out in the chest area and fit poorly due to large breasts. Some women may be insecure wearing certain clothing due to how their large breasts draw attention to their chest. Breast reduction surgery can open your wardrobe to clothes you may not have felt confident wearing previously. 

Allow You to Exercise With Less Constraints  

Various types of exercise and physical activities are challenging to do with heavy breasts. Sports bras are often not enough to keep your breasts in place when moving your body around, and feeling the weight of your breasts causes pain and discomfort during these activities. Once you’ve had your breast reduction and have fully recovered from surgery, you can enjoy participating in physical activities and workouts that you weren’t able to do before comfortably. 

How Long Is Breast Reduction Recovery?

Everyone’s body heals at a different pace, but you can expect your breast reduction recovery period to last around six weeks. After surgery, you’ll be given specific aftercare instructions to follow at home. Most patients take off one week from work and then return with some modifications and activity restrictions. You will have regular follow-ups with your surgeon after surgery. It’s essential to check in with your surgeon throughout your recovery so they can clear you for all activities when you both feel that your body is ready. 

Breast Reduction Results

Your breast reduction results are designed to last you a long time. Immediately after your surgery, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your breast size and shape. However, your complete results may take a few months to show up fully. With a stable weight, you should be able to maintain the shape and size of your breasts after surgery. With weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, the breasts can change, which would be after your results.

Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation in Houston or Lake Jackson, TX

If you’re interested in getting a breast reduction in Houston or Lake Jackson, TX, schedule a consultation with Town and Country Plastic surgeons. Call us at (281) 645-0355 (Houston office) or (979) 217-2382 (Lake Jackson office), or fill out our online contact form today!