In an earlier post, we noted that women pursue breast reduction surgery for either functional or aesthetic reasons. The vast majority of women that I see as well as those who seek out a breast reduction in general, are doing so in order to alleviate the symptoms associated with their considerably enlarged breasts. These symptoms can include neck, back and shoulder pains, headaches, rashes, and discomfort and limitations engaging in sports and exercising.
However, just because you have one or more of these issues does not mean that your enlarged breasts are a cause or even the only cause of your problems. The best way to ascertain whether a reduction mammoplasty would benefit you is to consult with a Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery such as myself. If your plastic surgeon determines that a breast reduction could help to alleviate or resolve some or all of your symptoms, then you would be a good candidate for the procedure.
Some women desire their breasts to be reduced in size (and lifted if indicated) solely for aesthetic reasons and not because they are experiencing any related symptoms. They simply want smaller and perkier breasts. A breast reduction can surely accomplish this though a plastic surgeon like myself can assist you in arriving at a prudent decision based on your concerns and goals.
If you have the appropriate functional or aesthetic reasons for pursuing a breast reduction as confirmed by a plastic surgeon and you are a relatively low surgical risk, then you would indeed be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.
Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona