The Best Candidates for a Breast Reduction

Patients contemplate getting breast reduction surgery for various reasons. Whether these reasons are medical or aesthetic – or a combination of both – breast reduction surgery can address each patient’s unique needs.

Potential candidates for a breast reduction, which is also known as reduction mammaplasty, must consider several factors when determining whether they are a good fit for the procedure. Below are characteristics of the best candidates for breast reduction:

  • Must be in good health. Ideal candidates for this type of surgery should be in good physical and emotional health. Along with being in adequate overall health, candidates must also be non-smokers, since smoking slows and hinders the healing process, and can lead to complications.
  • Should be getting the procedure to improve certain conditions. Having oversized, excessively heavy breasts can negatively impact a woman’s body by causing back, neck and/or shoulder pain. The weight of large breast can cause painful indentations in the shoulders from tight bra straps, and lead to skin irritation beneath the breasts. Those who want to decrease the size of their breasts in order to address these medical issues are good candidates for the procedure.
  • Must want to improve their breast area for themselves, not others. For breast reduction patients, the procedure’s results create smaller breasts that make the patient feel more comfortable. Having a bust area that is in healthier proportion to the rest of their body improves the patient’s self-esteem and makes her more comfortable with her appearance. However, patients should undergo the procedure for their own reasons, and not as a result of feeling pressured by others to look a certain way.
  • Have realistic expectations. Patients should be aware of what results the procedure can and cannot achieve, as well as the procedure’s potential risks. Prior to the procedure, patients should explicitly discuss their goals and expectations for the surgery, and make sure to bring up any questions or concerns they may have. This discussion is important in helping patients achieve the precise results they desire. Each breast reduction procedure is fully customized for each individual patient, in order to be satisfied with the results of their surgery.


Breast Reduction Surgery in Okatie

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery or any of the other procedures that we offer, or have any questions, contact us today at 843.705.8940 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to hearing from you.




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