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Big, Medium, Small: Plastic Surgery Uncovered

Do you feel like your breasts are too big or too small? Have you had breast cancer surgeries? Are you stuck with chronic aches due to your breast size?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’ve probably thought about plastic surgery. 

For those recovering from breast cancer, reconstructive surgery may help you feel more like yourself. For others, getting a breast reduction may finally get rid of those miserable backaches.

Whatever the cause may be, cosmetic surgery for your breasts is a worthwhile option for some women. Let’s take a look and see if it’s the right choice for you.


Common Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Deciding on Breast Implants:

  • What are the risks involved?
  • How long is the recovery?
  • What will they feel like?
  • How do I decide on the right size?
  • Will I be able to breastfeed my children?
  • How often do implants rupture and is this something I should be worried about?
  • How will this affect me if I’ve had breast cancer or if I have a family history of breast cancer?

Your doctor will walk you through your potential risks based on your family history. They will also recommend implant types and sizes depending on your desired outcome and based on any prior procedures. A consultation is the best way to determine if plastic surgery is right for you.


Reasons to Get a Breast Reduction:

  • Chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under your breasts
  • Indents on your shoulder from your bra strap supporting your breasts
  • Limitations on activity levels or exercise
  • Struggles with self-image due to breast size
  • Not being able to fit into most bras or clothing
  • Issues with sleeping due to obstructions or discomfort


Risks with Breast Reduction Surgery:

  • Scarring
  • Loss of feeling around nipple
  • Inability or difficulty breastfeeding
  • Appearance—the size, shape, and symmetry—of your breasts can be affected

In most cases, your doctor will advise you wait until your breasts are fully developed before proposing surgery, regardless of whether you’re looking at implants or a reduction. If you want kids, your doctor may encourage you to wait until after childbirth to have plastic surgery, too. This will ensure the breast tissue is not harmed during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are recovering from a mastectomy, your doctor will recommend the appropriate time frame for breast reconstruction.

All in all, there can be a variety of benefits associated with getting plastic surgery for your breasts. Whether you want to feel better about your appearance post cancer, to minimize pain and discomfort, or to help with other concerns you have, the first step is to talk to your doctor to find out what your options are and if plastic surgery is the right solution for you.

Still trying to decide if implants are right for you? Set up a consultation with one of our specialists at Beebe and we’ll answer any questions you may have. For more information on plastic surgeons affiliated with Beebe, click here.