A woman measuring her breast with a tape measure and considering breast reduction surgery

Signs You Might Benefit from Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce your breast size by removing excess tissue. The decision to undergo breast reduction surgery is a personal one. However, there are some common signs that indicate that this surgery may be helpful for you.

Here are some reasons that breast reduction might be right for you:

Large Breasts Can Cause Physical Problems

Overly large breasts can cause a host of physical symptoms that can affect your overall health. Neck, back, and shoulder pain are probably the most common health concerns that patients suffer from. Breasts that are too large for your frame can even cause nerve damage that may cause your fingers to tingle or your nipples to be less sensitive.

The difficulty of exercising with large breasts can impair an active lifestyle and may contribute to obesity and other health conditions. Sports such as running, yoga, and swimming can be complicated because of the lack of support from most bras. When you exercise, sweat in your breast crease and your breasts rubbing on your chest can cause yeast infections, rashes, and sores.

Large breasts also have a tendency to sag prematurely. Their weight often stretches out the skin at an accelerated rate. This does not just affect older women. Many younger women with large breasts also suffer from premature sagging.

You also may notice that an effect on your posture. As you age, your shoulders have a tendency to roll forward and having heavy breasts can increase the rate or severity of this change. This added weight on your chest can cause pain in the chest wall, shortness of breath, and in some cases sleep disturbances. If you notice any of these issues, you may want to consider a breast reduction.

Large Breasts Do Not Just Affect You Physically

Not only can large breasts cause medical and physical problems, but there are emotional side effects as well. Having a body that feels out of proportion can leave you dissatisfied and can lower your self-confidence. Being the victim of unwanted attention or objectification can cause anxiety. For these reasons, some women feel that a breast reduction has a positive impact on their day-to-day personal and professional lives.

It can also be very distressing emotionally to constantly have to fight to find clothes that fit properly. Most fashion designers don’t design clothes for busty women, or if they do, the clothes are sexy and provocative. Clothes that fit your top may be too large for your bottom and if they fit your bottom, then they are probably too tight around your breasts. Additionally, it can be difficult to find a bra that fits and does not dig into your shoulders.

Breast Reduction Surgery Can Help

When large breasts cause physical problems, like pain and numbness, it is time to talk to a healthcare professional. While mild symptoms may be relieved by heat packs, massage, and anti-inflammatory medications, more severe and persistent symptoms rarely benefit from such treatments. Breast reduction surgery is highly effective and treats the cause of your symptoms directly by reducing the size of your breasts and can provide you with lasting relief.

Learn More About Breast Reduction Surgery

If you are considering a breast reduction, we will help you every step of the way by providing progressive, patient-focused care. We work with our patients to help ensure the best possible results to improve your appearance and overall well-being.

Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss breast reduction or any other plastic surgery you may be considering.