Reasons to Consider a Breast Reduction
Breast reductions are one of the most common plastic surgeries performed today. Excessively large breasts can cause a wide range of painful and debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, there are no non-surgical treatments for excessively large breasts. Surgical breast reduction is, however, a very successful procedure. Most patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms and are very satisfied with the results.
At Sadrian Plastic Surgery in San Diego, we provide women with breast reduction procedures to help alleviate the chronic pain and discomfort that are often associate with large breasts. This can give them a balanced look with natural body proportions. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Sadrian, contact Sadrian Plastic Surgery today.
The primary symptom of excessively large breasts is chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. Difficulty in carrying the large breasts around causes poor posture and places excessive, unusual strains on the back, neck and shoulders. This leads to sore, stiff muscles. If a woman struggles for years to deal with large breasts, it can even lead to arthritis of the discs in the neck and back.
Bra strap problems
Women with excessively large breasts often experience pain, numbness and tingling in the hands due to the bra straps pressing on the shoulders. Affected women often develop visible grooves in their shoulders from the weight of the breasts pulling on the straps. They may also develop rashes and irritation of the skin beneath and between the breasts.
Due to the effort required to just carry the excessively large breasts around, most affected women suffer from shortness of breath and an inability to exercise. Being unable to tolerate or engage in exercise can lead to weight gain and other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
Massage, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications can provide some temporary relief from the symptoms. Highly supportive bras tend to make the symptoms worse because they put even more strain on the shoulders. Weight loss has been shown to not relieve the symptoms of excessively large breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is more properly called a Reduction Mammaplasty. The procedure removes excess skin, fat and glandular tissue from the breasts, converting them a size that is more proportional to the rest of the woman’s body. The surgery is almost always done under general anesthesia. Most women go home the same day and resume their normal activities within a week or two. However, very strenuous exercise and heavy lifting need to be avoided for four weeks.
If you’re experiencing back pain, have grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps, and suffer from difficulty in movement due to the large size of your breasts, you could be a candidate for breast reduction. Call or visit Sadrian Plastic Surgery today to get more information and to have any questions answered.