Could You Be a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

There are many good reasons to get a breast reduction. For example, overly heavy breasts may be causing you back pain. Similarly, one of your breasts may be much larger than the other. Here is a look at several scenarios where people can be good candidates for breast reductions. One thing you may find interesting is that about 40 percent of people getting breast reductions are men, so self-esteem is a good place to start.

Self-Esteem Issues

Gynecomastia is a hormone imbalance that leads many men to seek a Houston breast reduction. Having lost a lot of weight or being on certain medications may also make male breasts large enough that they affect self-esteem.

For women, self-esteem issues related to breasts often include a chest that appears too large after weight loss, as with men. The issues may also stem from breasts that impair life activities such as exercise, sex and shopping.

You may have difficulty connecting with partners and/or simply dislike how you look in the mirror. Likewise, having one breast that is noticeably larger than the other or that is disproportionate to your frame may not exactly inspire confidence in you every day. Also, after having a child, you may be in the mood for an overall Houston mommy makeover or for a relatively simple breast lift in Houston. Whatever the specific issue, there is no doubt that a breast reduction can do wonders for self-esteem.

Health Issues

Breast-related health issues are plentiful. Back, neck and shoulder pain are just three of the common things that women with overly large breasts experience. These types of pain can have a spillover effect, for example, causing women to exercise less, move less and socialize less. In other words, some self-esteem problems stem from direct health issues.

In a nutshell, you could be a good candidate for breast reduction if you meet just one of the following:

  • You want to look more youthful.
  • You’re out of proportion.
  • You experience pain.
  • You have problems with confidence, relationships and/or exercise.


As with many conditions, doctors often ask that you try to treat your problems in other ways first. For instance, a doctor may want you to go to physical therapy for six months to see if any pain goes away, or to wear bras with wider straps.

Sometimes, these avenues are successful. Many times, they are not, and breast reduction ends up being the best solution. After a reduction, people often enjoy increased confidence, especially during exercise and when wearing tight clothing, and may have a more youthful appearance.


The thought of undergoing surgery may be scary, but at the same time, exciting. You’re ready to take a huge step in your life that should improve it. Here are some tips on choosing a Houston plastic surgeon:

  • Never meet with only one surgeon. You may love the first one you meet, and that’s great. However, still meet with at least two others. You can always go with the first one, but now you have the certainty that you have made the best choice.
  • Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients. Often, some are available on surgeons’ websites. Look for surgeons who have worked with patients with your body type and breast history.
  • Inquire about experience in the specific procedure you’re seeking.
  • Discuss what you find aesthetically appealing, and ensure that your surgeon is on the same page. It’s possible that what you think looks obviously good would not appeal to a surgeon. Before and after photos of previous patients can also give you some idea of where a surgeon stands on this issue.

You should also feel emotionally comfortable with the surgeon and his or her staff. The surgeon should be board certified, and you may want to ask where surgery will be and about the anesthetist’s background.

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Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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