The evidence shows that breast reduction surgery does help back pain and makes life for many people more enjoyable and less painful. Breast reduction surgery has some of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective plastic surgery, with some studies rating overall satisfaction nearing 90% of the patient population.
At Miami Plastic Surgery®, neck and back pain are some of the most common reasons we perform breast reduction surgery. Breast hypertrophy, or the over-enlargement of the breasts, is a lifelong problem for many women. It can cause a range of debilitating symptoms, from headaches to shoulder pain to spine concerns. It can make regular exercise and physical work challenging or even impossible.
During our consultations, we aim to help people feel better in their bodies, and in many cases, breast reduction is the solution someone is looking for.
How to Prepare for a Breast Reduction Procedure to Help Back Pain
When you come in for a consultation with Miami Plastic Surgery®, our board-certified plastic surgeons want to hear your story. We will listen to your concerns, and together, we’ll figure out exactly how we can help you achieve what you’d like from our services.
Once we determine a patient is a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery, we start the process right away. We find it’s helpful for our clients to understand what they’ll go through before we get started. Thus, we’ve created this short preparation guide to supplement the materials you’ll receive during your appointments, answering some of the most common questions we get at our clinic.
Before your surgery:
- Talk to your surgeon about the size you want your breasts to be post-procedure, as well as how you might handle risks like blood clots and scarring.
- Get a mammogram and checkup from your primary care physician to ensure your body is ready to handle these changes.
- Quit smoking and stop taking blood thinners, including pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
- Lose weight if you’re planning to, as significant weight changes post-procedure can affect your breast size further.
On the day of the surgery:
- Make sure you have someone or multiple people who can take you home after the procedure and stay with you for a couple of days to monitor and assist you.
- Fill prescriptions for any pain medicine your surgeon prescribes.
- Make sure you have surgical support bras to aid in healing post-procedure.
In the days and weeks following the surgery:
- Keep bandages and support bras on and clean as long as possible to relieve pain and speed up recovery time.
- Limit physical activity, smoking and non-prescription medication use for at least four to six weeks.
- Follow up with your plastic surgeon at a time they specify and call them immediately if you notice abnormal symptoms or signs of infection.
- Keep a close eye on the surgical sites until they’re fully healed.
See If a Breast Reduction Will Help Your Back Pain With Miami Plastic® Surgery
If you think a breast reduction to help back pain is what you need, the team at Miami Plastic Surgery® is ready to guide you through the journey and give you results you’ll love. Let’s discuss your unique cosmetic needs in person — book an appointment online today.