Do your boobs walk into rooms several steps ahead of you? Do obnoxious, perverted men bluntly stare down your chest and ask you if your breasts are real or fake? If you have large breasts then those happen to you more often than you’re comfortable with. And, let’s face it, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Having big boobs is a BIG problem. The solution? Better fitted bras? – NO, they don’t exist. So: breast reduction!
Let’s delve deeper into the large boob problem, shall we? Big breasts give rise to plenty of body image issues, disrupting our womanly mojos constantly (oh no, not my mojo, baby!). If it’s not that then there is the chronic neck and back pains to deal with or gashed skin from ill-fitting bras.
The thing is, women are the vainer sex; we take great pride in our looks, so if something is stopping us from feeling good about ourselves then we need to tackle it head on. And, why shouldn’t we? At every age, we deserve to look good, so, if the science is out there, then why can’t we take advantage of it? Adding to that, the results from these breast reduction techniques are easily attainable (more or less) which is why it should not be frowned upon if we wanted to go ahead with it. Your body is a wonderland, ladies! Do with it what you please!
The primary type of breast reduction method is a breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty – its fancy, scientific name. A growing number of women, especially teenagers, are going under the knife, lately. We are sick and tired of the lingerie industry treating us terribly with the lack of good bras and clothes, so we’re taking matters into our own hands. Good for us!
There is no denying the fact that breast reduction would be a miracle for all of us struggling with larger chests and body shamers. but you have to educate yourself of all the risks and dangers associated with permanent breast reduction procedures before going through with it. Did you guys know that there are even breast reduction pills nowadays that claim to be the antidote to surgery? I’ll explore those pills as well as some natural remedies for breast reduction. Read on to find the ultimate guide to breast reduction.
Why Breast Reduction?
Being a well-endowed woman myself, flat chested woman always come up to me to remark about the roundness and the size of my boobs. “I wish I had those to stare at every day” they usually say and I awkwardly smile and shoo them away. Although sometimes I appreciate the compliment, the days when that Forever21 Small top doesn’t fit me because of my boobs, I hate them. Here’s the hard and fast of it: yes, big boobs have become a symbol for sexuality in our times, but how big is too big to be practical or even attractive?
Porn stars flaunt their boob-job uplifted fake breasts who don’t have to worry about sagging and drooping, but naturally large breasts do tend to sag in the bottom and become more pendulous-like. Sagging boobs are not a pleasant site. Second, bigger, natural boobs give rise to so many health problems, which brings me to my next question, how big is big enough to stay healthy?
Gravity, although I love you for letting us live on Planet Earth, I hate that you constantly pull down my girls every day. You pull it down more and more so every year, as I get older as well. The feeble gravity-defying attempt act by my boobs not only causes me constant back pain, but it just hurts when I go braless as well.
Woman of all shapes and sizes have problems overcoming self-confidence because of boobs. Women who are short and have big boobs, worry that their stocky frame and big boob combination make their whole body look bigger. I am of this short stature and big boob variety which is why I struggle to find an outfit that makes my body look proportional. Taller women with large boobs tend to be just as conscientious of their breasts because not only do their taller frames make them stand out in the crowd but if you add large boobs into the mix then you pull in more attention to yourself. There’s no winning combination with big boobs!
Okay, so there are plenty of reasons to seek a permanent breast reduction solution but are you sure that you want to go through surgery? Next, I’ll explore the questions you need to ask yourself before you decide, with absolute certainty, that surgery is indeed for you.
Is Surgery Really for You?
Yes, surgery is the most popular method of breast reduction out there, but are you sure you want to reduce your breasts permanently? You need to ask yourself certain questions before you even consider a permanent solution.
First off, are you certain that you want smaller breasts? Like I mentioned earlier, large boobs are sexy and our tatas are our constant companions. We see them every day and our partners see them too, so are you ready to envision yourself in a different form? I know that you should not worry about pleasing or displeasing your partner with your boobs, but he/she also needs to be aware that your boobs are going to change drastically.
Second, are you aware that the surgical process, although of a cosmetic nature, is a multi-hour one and that you are opening yourself up to human error. Your surgeon will oversee reshaping and resizing your breasts but he may not be able to achieve the same results that you imagined prior to going under the knife.
Next, ask yourself, is surgery your own choice or is someone forcing you to do it? Will surgery make you happier? Are you getting it because of something or someone else? If the answer is yes to any of those, then please stop! Don’t go through with it. The attractive size of breasts is completely subjective.
Are you sure that you want to go from a 34F to a 34C? My point is, that the choice is entirely up to YOU. If YOU want it and I mean truly, truly want it then, and only then, you should go through with it. Don’t do it for any other reason. You decide what size you want to be or you decide what you think is an acceptable breast size and then proceed.
Once you’ve answered these questions, do some research over the web. Here’s a tip: make sure to search for both the positives of the surgical process as well as the negatives. This way you will form a well-rounded, balanced opinion about surgery. The web is not always reliable so you should go out and actively to some specialists as well.
Speak to your family physician, make an appointment (for consultation purposes only) with a plastic surgeon (one that is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery) and then speak to him, and lastly, if you can, speak to a person who underwent the surgery.
As with any important life decision, you should weigh the pros and cons for the surgery. Make a list about the pre-surgery checklist, the risks associated with the surgery, the costs and then the actual surgery itself. These topics are discussed below.
Reduction Surgery Checklist
There are certain conditions you must meet before you are eligible for the surgery at all. You must be of sound health condition. Remember, this is a surgery and although there are minimal risks involved, and you are not going to be under a life or death situation, but your body will have to heal itself post-surgery which is why you need to be remotely healthy.
Your breasts will also have to be of sound health as well. If you have ever had a lump removed from your breast or if you have any condition that affects your breasts (such as breast cancer), then you are not eligible. To check for any signs of lumps or cancer, you will have to undergo a mammogram prior to the surgery as well.
You should know that breasts continue to experience growth spurts until you are 21 years old, so, getting it done prior to that age might be a mistake. You could have them reduced at 18 and then experience another growth spurt that would continue to increase your chest size up until you turn 21. Another factor to consider is when and if you are going to start a family.
If you have not started a family already and finished breast-feeding children, then you should not consider the reduction surgery (I will explain why later). Another thing to remember is that you cannot get the surgery during pregnancy or when you are breast-feeding.
Okay, if you passed those eligibility requirements, you can get down into business. You will need to find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgeon. You can use the same surgeon you found to consult with when arriving at your pre-surgery decision. If you are not comfortable with him or her then find someone who you can trust and appears reliable to you. Better yet, if you can find other women who have had the surgery done, then ask them for personal recommendations. I would also check google reviews or yelp reviews of said doctors before making the decision.
Once you’ve found your doctor, meet him for several sessions prior to the surgery. Discuss in length what your motivation for the surgery is. Open up to him about what kind of result you are looking for post the surgery as well. This will help form a good connection with your doctor and he or she will be able to understand you better. Once the preliminary talks are done with, the doctor will then ask you to find a picture of your desired breast and shape size as a prototype.
In order to find this ideal breast and size shape, you might have to sift through pictures of naked women in magazines and watch some porn videos, too. For research purposes, of course! Remember, it is always a good idea to find a picture for your doctor instead of describing what you want to him. The image of your ideal breasts is in your head and your doctor does not have access to this picture, so help him out, find that picture of the boobs you want.
Identify and understand all the problems with your breasts; you will have to take pictures of your breast prior to the surgery so truly examine what is it that you don’t like about them. Also make sure to measure your breast (remember the three ways to measure your chest: laying down, leaning forward and standing straight). Measure your breast in every angle and use it to arrive at your desired measurements.
Once the pre-surgery mammogram is performed on you and your surgery is a few days or weeks away, you will have to give up certain medications and momentarily quit smoking as well as. In fact, smoking is prohibited both immediately before and post-surgery. On the day of surgery, you cannot take any aspirins, anti-inflammatory drugs or any herbal supplements to control bleeding (such as birth control).
Also on the day of surgery, you will have to arrange for a friend to drive you back home (if you don’t intend to stay back at the clinic or hospital after the procedure). And for the months immediately after your surgery, you will need a large supply of loose t-shirts and tops to wear over your bandages and your braless boobs. Next, let’s discuss the risks associated with the surgery.
Risks of Reduction Surgery
Like I had mentioned earlier, the surgery can cause complications for you if you have not had children and finished breast-feeding (or if you intend to breast-feed in the future). Women who have had the surgery almost always have problems nursing babies with their milk afterward, so try to remember that getting the surgery will make it harder for you to breast-feed.
Now, we get to the more scarier aspects of the surgery. The surgery involves cutting the breasts open to remove fatty tissue. The incisions followed by the stitches will leave scars. Doctors reassure patients that scars eventually heal but the healing is completely dependent on your body’s ability to do so. So, those plunging tops you were eager to wear post-surgery might have to wait. Even swimsuits might become off-limits with those scars.
Another incredibly petrifying aspect of surgery is that you are likely to lose sensation in the nipple area. Yikes! Then there is that very real possibility that your breasts might become asymmetric – one could be bigger or smaller than the other. A human doctor is likely to make mistakes. Here’s another harsh truth: the more tissue you remove, the longer it will take for you to recover which means you could be recovering for months. Can you take that much time off from work or your everyday duties?
When you are recovering from the surgery, you might experience many complications. These include unusual pus or discharge from your incisions, ripped stitches or infected nipples – all of which will cause you significant discomfort. Call your doctor immediately if any of those situations arise, by the way. And let me tell you right now, these are more common than you think. Also, remember that you might want to get this surgery done later in life once your breasts have fully developed and you are done nursing children, so the older you are, the more time it will take for your body to heal and recover itself.
Yes surgery is a permanent solution, but breasts change quickly with any slight or significant weight loss or gain, so it is possible for your breasts to change with your body even after surgery. Now that you are aware of the risks, it’s time to consider the costs associated with the surgery.
Breast Reduction Surgery Costs
Surgery is expensive! The average cost has been rising and the 2014 average was about $5,500. The costs vary from case to case, doctor to doctor as well as from region to region. It can go as high as $20,000. Damn!
Yes, it is possible for your health insurance to cover the costs of the surgery because reduction surgery is considered to be a “reconstructive” surgery instead of an “aesthetic” one but you must follow the rules of the health insurance provider to a tee, otherwise they might disqualify you from it.
Alright, now that you have an idea of all the pre-surgery information, here is some low-down about the surgery itself.
How the Surgery Works
Performed under general anesthesia, there are pretty much three types of reduction surgeries. Depending on the size and shape of your breasts as well as what sort of results you are looking for, a surgeon will perform the one intended for you.
Liposuction is the process of removing fat, and because breast is mainly made of fatty tissue in the breast area, you can get away with some light fat removal to reduce your breast size. This process does not leave any scars and is good enough for lasting results. This is good for slight breast reductions only and it is not intended for larger breast reductions.
If you have good skin elasticity, with little to no sagging in your breasts, then you can get away with this less-invasive option. This is a quick-fix snip-snip. You will be in and out of the surgeon’s table without the horrible recovery time and scars associated with the more intensive reduction surgeries.
The next two surgeries are for breasts that are asymmetrical and require more reduction (than liposuction). These are for breasts that have been stretched out, meaning that they need to be reshaped after the surgery as well. with stretchy skin. Thus, the following two procedures are a two-step process: first, fat is removed and then secondly, the breasts are reshaped so that they align better with the body.
The following two surgeries are done with deep incisions. The type of incision will differ on the amount of breast tissue removal and there are two kinds of incisions. A little note about the incision: it is made around the nipple and down the breast. Afterwards, excess fat, skin and breast tissue is removed individually from each boob. With smaller breast reductions, nipples stay in the same place but with larger reductions, the nipple is removed and moved upwards.
Vertical or Lollipop Incision Breast Reduction
The vertical incision requires two incisions: one from around the nipple and the second down the middle of the breast. This procedure is better for smaller breast reductions of 300 to 500 grams.
Inverted-T or Anchor Incision Breast Reduction
This is the standard technique and this involves making three incisions: the first is made around the nipple, the next is made down the middle of the breast and the third incision is made horizontally across the bottom of the breasts, hence its “inverted T” shape. Breast reductions of 500 to 600 grams are performed with this reduction method.
Okay, now that the surgery discussion is out the way, here is what you need to know about its consequences and what you can expect post-surgery.
Immediately after surgery, your breasts will feel tender and weak. There will be a tube placed under each of your arms that will be used to drain any excess blood or fluid from the chest area. The entirety of your chest will be bandaged and you might have to wear an elastic training bra or a compression bra.
You must remember to keep away from certain things: smoking (as mentioned earlier) as well as keep away from bras with the underwire. Continue to wear the training bra that is provided for you. Remember that you cannot exert yourself physically, so you will need to take several days off (even weeks or months) to rest and heal before you can go back to normal.
Remember to take the prescribed medication or pain killers as well. If you do so, then the chances of infection will reduce. There will be a follow-up visit with your surgeon to remove the stitches.
Most women are usually satisfied with the results of their reduction surgeries which is why the reduction surgery is known as a happy surgery. Yes, there is some healing that follows it but in the longer-term, women have reported that their self-confidence improves greatly and their neck and back strains are reduced. Who can argue with that? If you still decide that surgery is not for you then here are some alternatives to the surgery also intended for breast reduction.
Like I had said earlier, pre-surgery, remember to assess why you want the surgery and what are the specific reasons why you hate your breasts. For me, for example, I hate the slight sagging that my breasts are developing latterly, which is why I could get away with a breast lift surgery. The surgery does what it says: it lifts your breasts. Other ways of giving a lift to your breasts is through boob glue (also known as the boob-job in a bottle) and both are more affordable than reduction surgeries. The boob glue is significantly cheaper of course!
A lesser proven alternative is a product known as breast reduction pills. You are supposed to pop in three pills a day for about six weeks for optimum results and you can stop taking them once you achieve your desired level of breast size. You can also exercise to make your boobs firmer and reduce the fatty tissue around them. If you have an unhealthy body frame then you might consider shedding some pounds which will greatly alter your breast size and dress size as well. Win-win!If you enjoyed this article, then we're probably very similar. I'm Victoria Melo, and I know what it’s like to be busty and struggle finding the perfect bra. Not long ago, I was just another girl wearing the wrong bra size. When I finally discovered my real size and found great bras for my busty figure, it felt like a miracle. Now, I'm a bra fitter helping hundreds of women like you find their own miracle. Click here to read my lists of my favorite bras for you.