February 22, 2008, Newsletter Issue #58: Learning About Breast Reduction

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Patients who are considering breast reduction surgery may be concerned about how to learn about breast reduction surgery. This is a very valid concern because misinformation can be quite dangerous. Fortunately for these patients there are a number of excellent resources for learning more about breast reduction surgery before deciding to undergo the procedure.

One of the best ways to learn about breast reduction surgery is through a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon with a great deal of experience performing this type of procedure. During these consultations the patient can ask questions and have the surgeon describe the procedure, its benefits and the risks involved. Based on this information the patient can decide whether or not to undergo the procedure. It is important to note that a consultation with a surgeon does not commit the patient to undergo the procedure. The patient is still free to opt to forgo the procedure for any reason.

The Internet can also serve as a valuable resource for patients who want to learn more about breast reduction surgery. Forums for patients who have undergone the procedure or are interested in the procedure can provide useful information. Additionally, informational websites as well as commercial websites can also contain valuable information. However, one caveat to using the Internet to research breast reduction surgery is the patient should be aware there is some misinformation as well as outdated information available on the Internet. For this reason, patients should rely on reputable websites and verify the information they obtain from the Internet with a surgeon or other expert.

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