It is no secret that a woman’s breasts are one of the most sexualized features of the female body, with cup size being the main contributor. The pursuit of bigger and more voluptuous breasts has been the main driving force for breast augmentation, leading it to be one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures the world over.
However, not all women are happy with having large, heavy breasts leaving them to seriously consider undergoing breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty). Carrying several extra pounds on a daily basis can take a toll over time leading to the development of pain, discomfort, and an overall decreased quality of life.
The Negative Impact of Having Large Breasts
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure to remove excess tissue, fat, and skin of the breasts, helping to reshape and reduce their overall size and weight. It has been a popular option for women suffering from macromastia, or excessively large breasts, becoming increasingly more common in recent times.
While those small to modest breast sizes often desire a larger cup size, their negative impact on a woman’s life is often underappreciated. Large breasts are generally associated with the development of several unwanted physical symptoms, such as neck, shoulder and back pain. This is thought to be due to changes in the center of gravity leading to prolonged bending postures and continued tension on the middle and lower fibers of the trapezius muscle and associated muscles groups1.
Additional unwanted symptoms of large breasts include:
- The production of tender, potentially permanent, grooves overlying the shoulder area (over the trapezius near its insertion site on the acromion) caused by the need for study support bras
- Friction rash development in the areas where the breast and chest meet
- Emotional stress caused by chronic pain
- Impaired ability to live an active lifestyle
- Sleeping and breathing difficulties
- Nerve pain
Resulting pain caused by having large breasts often lead to the continued use of pain relievers, which can have their own negative effects on the stomach, liver, and kidneys if consumed in excess over long periods of time2.
Reshape Your Breasts
Women with large breasts may simply be dissatisfied with the shape, size, and firmness of their breasts, becoming self-conscious due to a perceived asymmetry. This can be emphasized by difficulties fitting into bras and clothing. A breast reduction will often include a breast lift (mastopexy) that will help women achieve a more appropriate breast size, raise sagging or drooping breasts, and can elevate the nipple to better suit to their body type.
Breast reduction surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, with most patients going home that very day. The procedure itself takes approximately three hours to complete with most patients returning to normal activity in a week with full recovery in about six weeks.
Taking Charge of Your Own Wellbeing
Many women who are considering breast reduction surgery often face a lot of cultural backlash. They are told to they should feel lucky to be blessed with such attributes or that they may regret it after getting the procedure. But these other people simply don’t know the truth about how living with very large breasts can affect everyday life.
Breast reduction surgery can be liberating for women, allowing them to feel more comfortable; positively impact their lives. The elimination of pain symptoms alone is the sole reason many women undergo the procedure, making breast reduction surgery to be consistently reported as one of the highest rated in satisfaction among all cosmetic procedures3.
If you suffer from undue pain caused by large breasts, speak to the highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Their knowledge and expertise in regard to cosmetic surgical procedures are second to none and they are more than happy to guide you through every step of the way.
To schedule a personalized consultation, call the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 today!