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For most women, the size and shape of their breasts often play a huge role in their overall proportion and balance of the body. When planning your breast reduction, it is important to consider a few facts to help you get the best results.
Here are 4 things you regret not knowing before your breast reduction.
The area around the breasts
In most cases, the plastic surgeon will recommend that you add liposuction around the breast area during your reduction procedure. That way, your ending results will look smooth. However, many women end up getting liposuction in other parts of the bodies to balance out their new curves. While getting liposuction in other areas while you have your reduction can complement the reduction, those areas will not necessary to address.
Procedure might be covered by insurance
While most forms of cosmetic surgery are non-essential to health insurance, breast reduction surgery is an exception. Insurance companies accept macromastia, which is a condition of having excessively large breasts. This condition can be strenuous on a woman’s body and create chronic pain. For this reason, insurance companies cover breast reduction to help improve the quality of life.
You’ll have to give up on some habits
If you are an avid smoker, you will have to stop smoking at least six weeks before the procedure until you completely heal. Tobacco and nicotine can affect the immune system and slow down the process of recovery.
You will also need to avoid certain types of medications such as anti-inflammatory, blood-thinning, and herbal supplements. These medications will affect how you bleed and create risks during the procedure. If you are breastfeeding, you will have to wait until you are done before you get the reduction.
You will need time to recover
Recovering from the procedure takes time. Before your surgery, you must arrange all responsibilities to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Allow someone to drive you to and from the hospital and have someone watch over you for the first few days. Allow your family and friends to know about the procedure to help support you and provide care when needed.
You must be prepared for the recovery process as you must not overexert yourself and give your body time to heal naturally. Take that time to enjoy your favorite hobbies.