Women with breasts that are too large for their frame often experience crippling neck, back and shoulder pain from the extra weight. Excessively large breasts can be incredibly uncomfortable, and they’ve even been linked to migraines and shortness of breath. Large breasts can also bring about unwanted attention from men, which leads to many women feeling self-conscience or limited when making clothing choices. If you’re one of the one million women who are affected by a too-large bosom every year, you are probably wondering if breast reduction surgery is right for you.
The Physical Effects of Large Breasts
How do excessively large breasts cause back pain? The weight of the breasts actually changes your anatomical structure. As you age, your shoulders naturally roll forward, putting compression on the area where your ribs, shoulder blades and nerves all come together to form the thoracic outlet.
That pressure is exacerbated by the weight of the breasts, and the shoulders pull forward more and compress the nerves, leading to pain in the shoulders, neck and back.
Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery
There are a few things that make you a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. You may be an ideal candidate if you have:
- physical pain from your breasts
- deep indentations on your shoulders from your bra straps
- chronic skin irritation beneath your breasts
- limited physical activity due to the size of your breasts
- no plans to breastfeed any children in the future
What Does the Surgery Entail?
A breast reduction procedure requires general anesthesia because it is a fairly time-intensive surgery. Extra breast tissue, fat and skin are removed and/or lifted. The breasts are then given a new shape that is more proportionate to the rest of the body. The size of the areolas might be reduced to match the new size of your breasts.
Learn More Today
If you feel like the size of your breasts is negatively impacting your lifestyle, it’s time to talk to our board-certified plastic surgeon at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom. We also serve the Sacramento and surrounding areas. Pain is usually the number one reason women opt to have a breast reduction, but you do not have to have physical discomfort to still be a candidate for this procedure.
Before you write off a breast reduction, have a consultation with our plastic surgeon first. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.