Originally Posted by franknbeans
When someone states they are already "freaking out" about a possible surgery, the above serves no constructive purpose at all. Most adults with half a brain are well aware of the risks. It seems to me that some of what you state is more based on YOUR OPINION than actual facts of the risk percentages based on concrete studies. You are also in a different country. Things are different there, as I am well aware. My SIL is a surgeon.
Ask you SIL for a no BS run down of the risks of a reduction. A reduction can be more traumatic than an augmentation depending on the amount taken as for larger breast often the nipple has to be removed entirely and grafted back on, this is more risky as the nipple may or may not redevelop a blood supply like any skin graft
It is not just based on my oppinion, I am relaying the information I was given when I went for a breast reduction. I got right upto going into hospital the night before the op, then backed out. I saw 2 separate surgeons in the UK (one NHS one private, harley street) and one in Belgium (being half belgian I am entitled to healthcare over there too), 3 nurses and a psychologist (nessecary when the NHS are paying for it). I was shown very graphic photos of what can go wrong and the statistics to go with it.
I've also got 3 close relatives who have had reductions, one of whom had complications.
A lot of private surgeons will paint you a nice rosey picture and downplay the risks. NHS surgeons don't have to do that as thier pay cheque is not dictated by how many surgeries the preform.