Do You Have To Be A Certain Bra Size To Get A Breast Reduction?

When we think of cosmetic surgery, many of us think of liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tucks, and breast augmentation. However, there is a surgery that (while considered cosmetic) may be covered by insurance and help us live our day-to-day lives healthier and happier. If you have large breasts, you probably know the struggle of finding affordable bras or proper-fitting outfits to flatter your curvy figure. The cosmetic issues that come with larger breasts are only part of the struggle for those who are well-endowed. There are physical limitations as well.

Those who deal with the medical effects of having large breasts are often at a loss for what they should do to remedy their situation. Some people complain of back pain, migraines, and neck pain. In addition, there are some activities that are harder to take part in, and many find themselves with self-esteem concerns linked to the size and appearance of their chests (via Mayo Clinic). When people weigh the pros and cons of getting breast reduction surgery, many question what the minimum bra size required is. The answer is quite surprising.

The truth about bra size

This discomfort and pain of having large breasts is not limited to size triple D and above. In fact, cup size isn't an accurate measurement of the breast. Cup sizes vary depending on which company manufactured the bra. Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are those who are physically limited in their day-to-day actions because of the effects of their breast size. 

There are many signs that breast reduction surgery might be the best for you. If your bra is leaving red marks on your shoulders or you experience any chafing under the breasts, you may be a good candidate. In addition, if you experience lower back pain or neck aches, it could be due to the size of your breasts. Finally, if your breasts impede your ability to work out or feel like your best self, you may be able to find relief surgically.

If you are wondering if you would be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery but aren't sure if your bra size is big enough, notice how you feel day in and day out. Breast reductions are for those who are at a weight they plan to stay at, non-smokers, and older individuals whose breasts are mostly done growing. Teenagers can get this surgery, but they may need a second one as they get older.

What to expect with surgery

The best course of action to take if you are considering a breast reduction is to meet with a doctor. Some insurances cover surgery of this kind, especially if you have a history of trying to remedy your back pain or chafing without surgery first. If you're experiencing significant discomfort, that will be the biggest factor in determining your candidacy — regardless of cup size.

If you and your doctor agree this is the best course of action for your health and well-being, the surgery can do a lot to help the patient. According to Lahar Plastic Surgery, breast reduction surgery is to help reduce the breast burden for the patient. This happens due to volume reduction by removing breast tissue. The doctor will also reshape and lift your breasts so they are symmetrical. 

If you are experiencing discomfort and self-esteem issues, write down your own informal documentation to bring with you for your consultation. By explaining how living with large breasts is negatively affecting your life, you'll be able to paint a clearer picture for your surgeon. Breast reduction surgery just may be the answer to your discomfort, no matter what size you wear.