For many women, heavy and overly large breasts are not only an aesthetic concern but also a genuine physical burden. Oversized breasts can limit physical activity, cause various health complications, and significantly reduce quality of life. Breast reduction surgery can restore balance to your figure and reconstruct a more natural breast size and shape. Countless women who have undergone breast reduction have experienced firsthand the incredible benefits of this reconstructive procedure.
Breast reduction surgery may be recommended for you if you are experiencing negative effects associated with oversized breasts. Dr. Aycock will help you understand how breast reduction could improve your day-to-day living and support you in making an informed choice about this procedure.
Reduce Chronic Pain
A woman with naturally large breasts may not realize how much stress they can put on the body. It is common for women with oversized breasts to experience frequent back aches, headaches, neck aches, and shoulder pain due to the disproportionate weight pulling downward on the front of the chest. Undergoing breast reduction eases the pressure on these areas of the body by decreasing breast mass and redistributing the balance. This can lead to significant relief and even the elimination of chronic pain in the back, neck, head, and shoulders.
Another common complaint among women with disproportionately large breasts is irritation to the skin and shoulders. Even with a quality bra, gravity pulling downward on the breasts all day can lead to permanent shoulder grooves from overtaxed bra straps. The abundant breast tissue can also trigger skin irritation and chafing, especially in warm weather or during physical activity. Reducing breast size relieves the pressure on the shoulders and reduces the likelihood of skin rubbing that results in chafing and irritation.
Large, cumbersome breasts can severely limit mobility and even restrict physical activity. With large breasts, certain physical exercises such as running can be not only challenging but extremely painful due to bouncing, heavy breasts. Even moderate or low impact activities like volleyball or swimming can inhibit freedom of movement and inhibit physical progress. Athletes and fitness lovers may discover that they have remarkably better mobility with physical exercise after undergoing breast reduction.
Breast reduction can provide many additional benefits. It can help to counteract anxiety and poor self-image that may result from dealing with excessively large breasts. Premature breast sagging that creates an unbalanced, “older woman” look can also be corrected with breast reduction. Women who experience unwanted attention due to their disproportionate figure may receive fewer stares and distasteful comments, helping them to feel more empowered to participate in their preferred activities or visit certain locations. Breast reduction can also enhance day-to-day living by eliminating problems with how clothing fits, reducing the need for expensive clothes tailoring, and even improving experiences like wearing a cross-body bag, putting on a seatbelt, and lying on your stomach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?
Most women who are bothered by their overabundant breast tissue are candidates for breast reduction surgery. Women who can trace physical and quality-of-life complaints to their breast size are especially good candidates for this procedure. If you are in generally good health, at a stable body weight, and do not smoke, breast reduction could be right for you.
Is breast reduction medically necessary?
While breast reduction may not be right for every woman with larger breasts, it is often deemed medically necessary and may even be covered by your health insurance. Women who suffer from chronic pain, skin irritation, shoulder grooves, and other related complaints should be evaluated by medical professionals to determine whether these may be caused by breast size or something else. If weight loss, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatments have proven unsuccessful in relieving your symptoms, breast reduction surgery can be considered medically necessary.
Will insurance cover breast reduction?
If your primary care physician or other physician has determined that your symptoms are related to oversized breasts, and you have tried other methods such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medication they can submit evidence to your insurance company to help you qualify for insurance coverage. Insurance companies will usually place stipulations on the coverage; for example, many companies require that a minimum amount of tissue must be removed in order to receive coverage.
Do I need to lose weight before getting breast reduction?
It’s not uncommon for excessively large breasts to be due in part to being overweight. If this may be the case for you, efforts should be made to achieve and maintain a stable body weight not only to undergo breast reduction but for the sake of your health. However, if you are already at a stable and healthy body weight, weight loss may be unnecessary as well as ineffective in reducing your breast size. Numerous women have naturally large breasts at every body weight.
How much scarring after breast reduction should I expect?
Breast reduction surgery will always leave scars. These scars will usually have either a lollipop shape (encircling the nipple-areolar complex and extending down to the breast crease) or an anchor shape (like a lollipop scar, but also with a scar underneath the breast along the crease). While the top priority is effectively reducing breast size according to your expectations, every effort is made to minimize the scars. Most of the time, scars initially appear dark or red but fade with the passage of time.
"Each woman has a different ideal and her own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results. "
- Joyce Aycock, MD