Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

For most women with large, heavy breasts, breast reduction surgery is a safe and effective way to reduce the size of their breasts. The surgery can help enhance body image and eliminate the physical pain and discomfort, bra strap indentations, skin irritation and poor posture. Good candidates for breast reduction surgery include women who have:

  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to their body frame
  • Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • One breast that is much larger than the other
  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of their breasts
  • Skin irritation beneath the breasts
  • Indentations in their shoulders from tight bra straps
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
  • Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the size of their breasts

You might be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you are:

  • In good overall health with no major medical issues
  • Well informed about the procedure and what to expect
  • Emotionally stable
  • Experiencing back, shoulder or neck pain associated with overly large breasts
  • Having difficulty finding dresses or tops that fit
  • Uncomfortable with your appearance because of the size of your breasts

You may NOT be a good candidate if you are:

  • Unhealthy or have medical issues making you unfit for the procedure
  • Pregnant, breastfeeding or plan on having children in the future
  • Not realistic about the expectations
  • History of irregular mammograms
  • Obese
  • Smoker

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery is to have a consultation with our doctors. To schedule an appointment in Portage, contact Kalamazoo Ophthalmology at 269-329-5860 or website today.