American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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4 years ago

Is it worth it?

I am thinking about getting a breast reduction. I want to get one as I can never find clothes that fit, cannot work out properly and am just overall embarrassed by them. Although I am worried that I will regret getting it done as I am only 21 and it is a major surgery. I have heard plenty of stories about people saying it was the best decision they have made but am still worried I will regret it.

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Perth, WA - Australia

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Samara Churgin
ASPS Surgeon
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I perform many breast reductions and I can say with certainty that these patients are the HAPPIEST patients after surgery. They say that their back and neck pain is alleviated, their rashes have gone, and their self image has improved because they feel more proportionate. Of course it is a big decision, but if you are doing it for the right reasons then it is absolutely a very rewarding surgery.

Edward Domanskis

Most of the patients that I have done have been very happy about removing the weight off their back. The main problem are the scars whic are good in about 80% of cases. You do retain ability to breast feed and sensitivity in about 50% of time. I do this surgery as an outpatient and you would need to be in my area of LA for a minimum of 4days. We are also operating now.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Based on your narrative you seem to be an excellent candidate for the procedure, but it likely best to see a series of specialists in consultations so that you can obtain the pros, and cons, of the procedure so that you can make the best decision for yourself.

Michelle Copeland
ASPS Surgeon
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Thank you for your question! Large breasts may not only interfere with your physical ability to function in daily activities but can be emotionally burdensome as well. From what you describe you are a candidate for a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and reshapes the contour of the breasts so that they are smaller and perkier. It is possible to do a breast reduction with a minimal scar technique and can also be done as a outpatient procedure under twilight sedation. It's important to be sure expectations are realistic and you have an understanding of the commitment needed for the healing process. Make sure that you understand the nature of your surgery, the recovery process, and that you feel comfortable and emotionally ready to make these changes to your body. I suggest you make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon who will examine you and go over your surgical options in detail.

Michael Streitmann
ASPS Surgeon

Studies have shown a 98% satisfaction rate with breast reduction, if satisfied is defined as “would you do it again,.” Find a surgeon with which you are comfortable, and talk to others that have had the surgery. The regret I hear the most after surgery is “I should have done this years ago.”

Bernard Carney
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Thanks for you question. As you can see in the thread, breast reduction patients generally are very happy but there are a few issues such as sensation, breast feeding and revision over time that you would need to discuss with you surgeon. There are many excellent surgeons in Perth and you should talk to your GP about a referral

Katerina Gallus
ASPS Surgeon
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Hello Casey and thank you for your question. Breast reduction surgery has the highest satisfaction rate of plastic surgery procedures performed and it is because of the immediate relief of back and neck pain and other symptoms associated with having large breasts. There are trade-offs to having smaller, perkier breasts and that includes incisions and risk of decreased sensation of your nipples and areolas. You will also need to make sure you have enough time scheduled for recovery. I encourage you to explore your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Best of luck!


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