7 breast reduction myths and facts

10 November 2023

Woman in bra measuring chest - by Anna Tarazevich on PexelsBy plastic surgeon Dr Dirk Kremer

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a life-changing procedure for many women.

It's not just about cosmetic enhancement; it's often a solution to alleviate discomfort, improve quality of life, and boost self-confidence.

However, like any medical procedure, breast reduction is sometimes misunderstood, and myths often surround it.

As breast reduction can be such a transformative procedure for so many women, I want to take this time to address several common myths and present the facts, ensuring that you have accurate information when considering this worthwhile journey.


1. Myth - All breast reductions are the same
Fact - Customisation Is Key

Every woman's body is unique, and so should be her breast reduction. An experienced and highly skilled cosmetic surgeon should tailor the procedure to each patient's specific needs, considering factors like breast size, shape, and desired outcome. The goal is not just to reduce breast size but also to create natural, proportionate contours.


2. Myth - Breast reduction is purely cosmetic
Fact - Health benefits are significant

While breast reduction does result in a more proportionate and youthful breast appearance, it's certainly not always just about aesthetics. In fact, it is typically very much the contrary. Many women experience physical discomfort, such as back and neck pain, due to overly large breasts. Reduction mammaplasty can alleviate these issues, improving overall quality of life.

Read: A guide to breast reduction surgery


3. Myth - It's only for older women
Fact - Age is not the sole factor

Breast reduction is often associated with older women, but it's suitable for a wide age range. Younger women with disproportionately large breasts can also benefit, especially if their breast size causes physical or emotional discomfort.


4. Myth - It's a risky procedure
Fact - Safe when performed by an expert

Like any surgery, there are inherent risks, but breast reduction is generally safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in the procedure. Risks and complications are minimised with proper patient assessment and surgical technique.

Read: What is a board-certified plastic surgeon?


5. Myth - Recovery is extremely painful
Fact - Discomfort is manageable

While some discomfort is expected during the recovery process, it is generally manageable with prescribed medications. Most patients find that the benefits of reduced breast size and improved physical comfort far outweigh any temporary discomfort.


6. Myth - You can't breastfeed after breast reduction
Fact - It's possible, but discuss with your surgeon

Breastfeeding after a breast reduction is possible, but it may be affected. It's essential to discuss your desire to breastfeed with your surgeon, as the surgical technique used can impact milk ducts.


7. Myth - You can't achieve natural-looking results
Fact - Natural aesthetics are the goal

A skilled cosmetic surgeon should aim to achieve natural-looking results from a breast reduction. The goal is to reduce breast size while maintaining a pleasing shape and contours. Before-and-after photos of previous patients can help you understand the surgeon's skill in this regard.


8. Myth - Breast reduction is only for women
Fact - Men can benefit too

While breast reduction is more commonly associated with women, it can also be a solution for men dealing with a condition known as gynecomastia, which causes overdeveloped breast tissue. Breast reduction procedures can help men achieve a more masculine chest contour, boosting their self-esteem and comfort.

Read: Gynaecomastia - male breast reduction


Ultimately, breast reduction is a transformative procedure with numerous physical and emotional benefits. Dispelling these myths is a crucial step in making an informed decision.

At Harley Street Aesthetics, I am committed to providing the highest standards of care and expertise. If you're considering breast reduction, rest assured that accurate information and skilled guidance are at your disposal. To discuss the procedure in more detail or to learn more about any of the other cosmetic surgeries that I carry out, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with me by calling 0845 519 7232, e-mailing info@harleystreetaesthetics.com or by completing the online contact form.


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