The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that over 290,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States in 2013, making it the most common surgical cosmetic procedure. While some patients choose to have implants inserted to increase cup size, some women opt for a reduction. A breast reduction is not only an aesthetic decision, it can help reduce or eliminate back, neck and shoulder pain.
It is important to note that breast size only affects women whose breasts are very large. Having D-cup breasts reduced to a C-cup will likely not make enough of a difference in weight to impact your discomfort level. However, if you are currently an H-cup and reduce to a C, the weight reduction could make a huge difference in your comfort.
Weight Loss May or May Not Help
Breasts are made up of glandular tissues and fat. The makeup of an individual woman’s breasts can vary by quite a lot. Women who have a higher percentage of fat in their breasts may find it easier to reduce breast mass than those who have a higher percentage of glandular tissue. If you have lost weight and experienced no loss in breast volume, a surgical reduction may be the only way to get the size you want.
Bra Fit is Integral
Another aspect of back and neck pain caused by large breasts that is often overlooked is the fit of the bra. Many women with large breasts are tempted to wear bras that are too small in the band, the cup or both measurements. This places more stress on the shoulder straps and leads to pain.
Muscularity and Physical Fitness
The muscles of the shoulders and back can be strengthened to support excess weight. If you do not want to explore surgery right away, physical therapy sessions can teach you the proper exercises to strengthen your muscles. By being physically fit and targeting your neck and back, you may notice a marked improvement in your discomfort levels.
If you have explored all the other options and you are still experiencing pain, surgery may be able to provide you with relief. Your surgeon can discuss all of the options with you to help you make the best possible decision for your future health. A reduction with a lift can provide relief and give you the silhouette you want.
Many different things can affect back and neck pain, including the size and weight of your breasts. By being aware of all the options available to you, you will be able to work with your surgeon and make the best decision for your health and wellness.
At Nuance Cosmetic Surgery, we make sure you get the right procedure. Sometimes breast reduction might not be the right choice for you. With the help of Dr. Kenneth Sumida, you will get the information you need and any questions or concerns you might have answered. Contact us to schedule your consultation today so you can alleviate your back and neck pain with breast reduction.