Many women experience pain and other complications as a result of having larger breasts, but may turn away from breast reduction as an option due to the vast array of misconceptions surrounding the procedure. Let’s take a closer look at the truths behind some of these breast reduction myths.
Myth 1: You Can Reduce Your Breast Size with Weight Loss
It’s true that you may see some reduction in breast size after weight loss, but you may not be able to get your ideal results through weight loss alone. The breast is made of a combination of fatty and glandular tissues. Although fatty tissue can be reduced through weight loss, glandular tissue will remain, which makes breast reduction surgery your best option for guaranteed results.
Myth 2: Breast Reduction Is the Same as a Breast Lift
While every breast reduction includes elements of a breast lift, these two surgeries are not the same. A breast lift raises and reshapes existing breast tissue while a breast reduction removes breast tissue in addition to lifting and reshaping the breast. Either a breast reduction or a breast lift can also include areola reduction as part of the procedure.
Myth 3: A Breast Reduction Means You Can’t Breastfeed
It’s a common misconception that having any breast surgery automatically means that you won’t be able to breastfeed.
It’s understandable that concerns over breastfeeding could lead to hesitance over proceeding with breast reduction. However, today’s surgical techniques are advanced enough that breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery is not only possible, but likely.
Myth 4: Insurance Will Never Cover Breast Reduction
There are never any guarantees that your insurance provider will cover breast reduction, but many may offer reimbursement under certain circumstances. Be sure to work closely with both your plastic surgeon and your insurance provider prior to your procedure to confirm any coverage options that may be available.