Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure performed for both aesthetic, but mostly functional purposes. After the procedure, the patient will have breasts that are smaller and more harmonious with the rest of the body. Daily struggles with finding clothing that fits, difficulties in breathing, or engaging in physical activities will disappear after the procedure. Breast reduction surgery also offers relief from the constant and persistent back, neck and shoulder pain that is often associated with overly large breasts. Just like any other surgical procedure, breast reduction should only be performed on patients who are good candidates and aware of the risks and potential complications. So, who shouldn’t get breast reduction surgery? Patients who want to breastfeed after the procedure Breastfeeding might be problematic (if not impossible) after breast reduction surgery. The plastic surgeon will excise a part of the mammary gland tissue, and hence a part of the milk duct network. The nipple is also repositioned, and changes in sensitivity might occur temporarily or permanently, which can make breastfeeding impossible. The recommendation is not to undergo breast reduction surgery if you have plans to get pregnant and breastfeed in the future. An ulterior pregnancy can change or alter the results and breastfeeding might not be possible. Patients who don’t want to have scars on the breasts The relief from constant pain and improvement in body posture comes with the price of permanent scars. The scars left behind are easy to mask with clothes and even lingerie or swimsuits. However, the scars are indeed permanent, and the patient needs to understand and accept this before scheduling the procedure. If you find scars on the breasts a major turn off, the recommendation is not to undergo breast reduction surgery. Patients who don’t believe they actually need a breast reduction It is difficult nowadays to keep a clear head about our self-image in the face of modern society standards and even friends and family around us. While many women struggle with having overly large breasts, there are others proud of being blessed with such a generous bust. If you think that your voluminous breasts bring you more joy than dissatisfaction, then you shouldn’t undergo breast reduction surgery just because your parents, friends, or partner insist you do. Patients who smoke Smoking is associated with a host of health-related complications, but when it comes to plastic surgery, the recommendation is firm: smoking should be ceased at least three weeks before the procedure, and the patient should remain a non-smoker for at least the same amount of time post-op. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and also trigger significant complications after breast reduction surgery.