4 Benefits of a Breast Reduction

While larger, fuller breasts are typically the cosmetic goal of breast surgery, women suffering the physical and emotional side effects of excessively large breasts know all too well what it means to have “too much of a good thing.” If you are dealing with cosmetic or physical issues from your large breasts, there are numerous potential benefits you could gain from breast reduction surgery.

Cosmetic Benefits

While many women may pursue breast reduction surgery due to uncomfortable physical symptoms, the cosmetic benefits of the procedure can also be very satisfying. Women may find bras fit more comfortably and attractively, and smaller, firmer breasts can be a better fit for the overall body contour and proportions. The surgery may help you feel more attractive in tight-fitting clothing and bathing suits as well, not to mention the fact that women with large breasts often have trouble finding stylish and affordable bras, sportswear, and clothing in their size.

Physical Benefits

Numerous physical symptoms of large breasts can be alleviated through breast reduction surgery, including:

  • Back, shoulder and neck pain
  • Skin rashes and irritation
  • Grooves in the shoulders from strained bra straps
  • Poor posture that leads to pain and other problems

Women who have breast reduction surgery often find it easier to participate in physical activities and exercise, which can further improve their overall health and wellness.

Study Shows Measurable Improvements

Evidence of the benefits from breast reduction are more than anecdotal. One study, published in the August 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found breast reduction surgery provided greater satisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, as well as improvements in sexual, social and physical wellbeing. Subjects even reported improvements in ability to exercise and sleep. This study also found women experienced the benefits shortly after surgery, as the results of a breast reduction are seen and experienced right away.

Specific Benefits Highlighted in Study

Another study, published in the March 2012 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found women that underwent breast reduction surgery experienced improvements in a number of areas. These patients reported reduction in headaches, improvements in both breathing and sleeping, and less musculoskeletal pain. These women also experienced extensive psychological benefits from their surgeries, including better self-esteem and sexual function. Some also had reductions in anxiety and depression after surgery.

For women with large breasts that interfere with daily activities and impact their quality of life, breast reduction surgery can be a good option. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, and most patients are back to regular activities within a week or two. To learn more about breast reduction surgery, contact us at Umansky Plastic Surgery at 858-281-4560.