As with any surgery, there are risks. The risks of breast reduction surgery, although a safe procedure overall, can encompass many factors.

Because breast reduction surgery takes two to four hours to perform, there may be a risk either from the procedure or the anesthetic. In addition, if you are a smoker the healing process will take longer. If you are a heavy smoker, you may not qualify for the procedure.

Moreover, the scars from the surgery will be permanent. If the surgeon has to move the nipples during surgery, you will have no feeling in them thereafter, nor will you be able to breastfeed. You may also develop sores around the nipple area, and you may find that the breasts are not symmetrical after surgery. You may also be asked to give blood. This is in case an inordinate amount of tissue is removed, and you need a transfusion.

After surgery, you will be required to stay overnight in hospital, or up to five days depending upon the success of the operation. Once you are home, no showers can be taken as long as the bandages and drainage tube are in place. The stitches will most likely be removed after two weeks. In addition, you will be told to wear a surgical bra for a month.

You will be required to stay home for at least two weeks and exert minimum activity. This also includes sexual intercourse, which has to take a back seat for a week. The breasts will take at least six months to heal.

Weight loss before surgery is important because after surgery, if you decide to go on a diet, the breasts may begin to sag. Thus, surgeons suggest that any diet should be commenced before one decides to have this type of surgery.

Before you make any decision, check with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to find a surgeon, board certified and most qualified, in your area. Ask many questions about the procedure itself, and what to expect afterward. Undoubtedly, your physician will want a complete medical history, so ensure you have all information necessary available.

While the risks of breast reduction surgery are many, the rate of success is high. For those who suffer from backaches and neck pain due to large breasts, there is hope. Take time to research and learn as much as you can about this surgery. The more you know, the more informed you will be to make this important decision.

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