What To Consider Before Getting A Breast Reduction

By Dr. Deane on October 25, 2023 under Breast Reduction

What To Consider Before Getting A Breast Reduction

Reduction mammoplasty, more commonly known as breast reduction surgery, is an operation that removes excess breast fat, breast tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is ideal for your body’s proportions. This procedure can offer life-changing benefits because it can alleviate discomfort, enhance your overall appearance, and boost your self-confidence. However, like any surgical procedure, there are factors to consider.


Many patients notice a significant improvement in their lives after breast reduction surgery. Why? Because with lighter and smaller breasts, they experience less back, neck, and shoulder pain, can fit into more clothes, and typically feel more confident in their bodies. You also will have more range of motion and less of a risk for rashes under your breasts. This can have a dramatic effect on your lifestyle. You can wear different clothes, participate in more activities, and even stand a little straighter. Many women also feel less objectified with a smaller chest, which can also significantly affect how they feel emotionally.

Meeting Requirements

It’s also important to consider the requirements for breast reduction surgery. To be a good candidate, you must be at least 18 years old, in generally good health, a nonsmoker, not pregnant or breastfeeding, and not struggling with any medical condition that would affect the healing process. Most patients are also experiencing some kind of pain or discomfort due to the size of their breasts.

Potential Risks

All surgeries, no matter how routine, come with risks. These risks can range from scarring to nipple sensitivity changes to concerns like infections. All patients should have a thorough discussion with Dr. Deane to discuss these risks and evaluate their health before making a decision. This conversation is vital to ensure the procedure’s benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Financial and Time Commitments

Reduction mammoplasty is an investment in many ways. Insurance companies may cover the procedure if deemed medically necessary, but that’s not always the case, so there may still be out-of-pocket costs. Ensure you have a clear understanding of the financial commitment before moving forward.

You should also consider the time investment. As a major operation, several weeks of recovery are typically required. During this period, strenuous job-related tasks, such as heavy lifting, must be avoided. Planning for this downtime, such as taking time off work or arranging for help at home, is essential.

Schedule A Consultation

If you suffer from physical discomfort or confidence issues due to the size of your breasts, breast reduction surgery can be a transformative procedure. However, the decision to undergo surgery should not be taken lightly. Take the time to speak with Dr. Leland Deane and our team at our Garden City, NY office. Schedule a consultation today by calling us at (516) 441-7427 or using our online contact form.