How to Talk to Your Loved One about Breast Reduction
Every year, more than 40,000 women seek breast reduction surgery to improve their physical and emotional health. If you are living with excessively large breasts and suffering from the consequences of that extra weight, you may want to pursue a breast reduction but feel uncertain about how to discuss the issue with your loved ones. Use these tips to navigate those conversations and advocate for the surgery you know you need.
What Is a Breast Reduction?
During breast reduction surgery, your surgeon removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin. This helps you achieve a breast size that is proportionate with your body. The procedure is designed to help your breasts will look perky and attractive, not saggy and deflated.
Why Consider a Breast Reduction?
Large breasts cause many physical and emotional problems that may lead you to a reduction. First, excess breast tissue is very heavy and makes it difficult to live an active lifestyle. The extra weight of large breasts commonly causes chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain, which further diminishes quality of life. You might also feel self-conscious and struggle to find wardrobe options that make you feel attractive.
Talking To Your Family About Your Breast Reduction
You are probably considering a breast reduction so you can eliminate so many physical and emotional issues in just one procedure. With smaller breasts, you will be able to enjoy your favorite physical activities, live without pain, and buy clothes without stress and anxiety. But how do you explain all of this to your loved ones?
Some mothers worry that undergoing a breast reduction will send a negative message to their daughters about body image and self esteem. This can be easily avoided by explaining openly and honestly the real and tangible problems that excessively large breasts create. If you want your daughters to understand your plastic surgery choice, use it as a teaching experience to emphasize that all bodies are beautiful, but you need to make a change to improve your quality of life.
Other women aren’t sure how their partners will feel about a breast reduction. If you feel anxious about your husband’s reaction to your desire for plastic surgery, be sure to start with the facts: Your large breasts impact your ability to enjoy certain activities, they cause chronic back pain, and they cause you to feel less attractive. It’s possible that your partner doesn’t realize the severe impact your chest has on your wellbeing.
In any conversation with a loved one, it’s very helpful to listen to their feedback just as openly and honestly as you want them to listen to you. Acknowledge any fears, questions, or hesitations they may have, and maintain a constructive dialogue to work through the issues. In the end, most women find that their hesitations were for nothing, and their loved ones not only accepted but also supported their choice to undergo a breast reduction.
If you’re ready to learn more about breast reduction surgery, call (352) 606-4754 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Polecritti at The Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Polecritti offers the compassion and experience you need for the best breast reduction results.