I was told that although my breast are large, I don't have a lot of tissue. What does this mean?
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Are you a candidate for a breast reduction?
Breast reductions are great for alleviating the symptoms associated with large breasts. You are describing some common symptoms of persons benefiting from this procedure. The criteria used to evaluate if you are a candidate for this procedure depends on several factors. In your case specifically, the amount of breast tissue is definitely one to consider. Others include your height, weight, chest wall width, individual breast width, breast tissue density, skin laxity, nipple areola size, nipple areola distance from sternum , age and child bearing status, and of course most importantly your desired result. After this evaluation, a better understanding of you as a surgical candidate can be achieved.
If your surgeon said you dont have much breast tissue, you may have more skin than breast tissue. This, depending on some of the above factors, may make you suited for a different procedure called a mastopexy( breast lift). The idea is that breast tissue adds more weight and supportive framework to the breast. Without this there may be a significant loss of breast projection and shape. If there is more skin than breast tissue the surgical goal would be to remove more skin, less breast tissue thereby enhancing the supportive breast tissue
Both procedures have their own characteristics that make them either a medical necessity or a cosmetic( self pay) issue. Your surgeon may have been referring to this as well. A second consult/revaluation may help better understand these issues.
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