Any woman with large breasts knows that there comes a steep price for a buxom silhouette. Is it any surprise that women who become frustrated by clothing limitations and back pain seriously consider a surgical solution? Patients who are considering reducing the size of their breasts share many common questions. At Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT we believe that reliable information is the first step of any treatment.
Can a Breast Reduction Help Your Posture?
Posture, or how straight your spine is when you are standing, is something that can be greatly affected by overly large breasts. A reduction surgery helps lessen the burden of weight at the front of your body, which allows your spine curvature to be corrected. The result of that correction is usually a more upright posture and a straightening of the spine.
What Is Spine Curvature?
Spine curvature is a medical term for any abnormal curve in the spine. For women with large breasts, the weight of the breasts usually causes the spine to compromise itself to accommodate the weight. Women with large breasts risk permanent change to their spine with a curvature called kyphosis, which is a forward curve of the spine between the shoulder blades and neck. Kyphosis causes a hunch-backed appearance.
Are Large Breasts Harmful to Health?
It is possible for large breasts to be harmful to your overall health. In addition to possibly causing permanent spine curvature or alterations to your natural posture, large breasts can impact many other areas of health, such as:
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Nerve pain
- Tingling in the arms and hands
- Skin rashes
- Other chronic conditions
Why Should You Have a Breast Reduction?
There are plenty of reasons that women consider reducing the size of their breasts. Aside from the numerous health benefits, other reasons to consider this procedure include:
Women with large breasts often have issues finding clothing that fits correctly. This is particularly true for undergarments. Ill-fitting bras that leave grooves on the skin, dig into the ribs, ride up on the back, or cause spill-over in the cups are a common problem.
Large breasts can get in the way of normal everyday activities, such as chores, child-rearing, and work. Other activities, such as regular exercise, can be hampered by large breasts, as the weight and size of the breasts can interfere with comfortable movement.
Some women with large breasts are overly aware of their appearance, which can negatively impact self-confidence and self-esteem. It is possible for women to develop a poor self-image because of how clothing fit, difficulties with health, and trouble with intimacy with partners.
Is a Breast Reduction a Surgery?
A procedure that reduces the size of the breasts is considered a surgery. This is a procedure that requires the use of general anesthesia and invasive medical techniques to remove excess skin and fat from the breasts. A surgeon will be responsible for your treatment and will help you create a treatment plan that will produce your ideal appearance. Some reduction surgeries are also combined with other procedures, such as tummy tucks.
Is a Breast Reduction Permanent?
Most reductions are permanent procedures that will last for a lifetime. The only reason this procedure might not be permanent is due to a significant weight gain or hormonal change. The best way to extend the results of your treatment is to maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise and to plan your procedure around your family planning.
Is There a Best Time for This Procedure?
It is ideal for patients to have this procedure when they are no longer planning to become pregnant, as the weight gain associated with pregnancy will undo the results of the surgery. For women who have recently given birth, it is also best to wait until you are fully recovered from childbirth and no longer breastfeeding. It is possible that this surgery will prevent future breastfeeding, so this should also be a consideration when you plan for this procedure.
Will You Need a Consultation?
Any woman who is considering this procedure will need to attend a consultation appointment. The consultation will help us screen your health, including any drug allergies you have and any previous cosmetic surgeries you have had in the past. The consultation will also be a time where you can discuss your goals and expectations for treatment. After this appointment, we may ask you to complete certain labs and exams, such as a mammogram, to help prepare for the surgery.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Most women with large breasts are a candidate for this procedure. There are very few restrictions associated with this treatment, which will be discussed at your consultation appointment. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you want to:
- Improve your overall appearance
- Correct your posture
- Reduce physical pain
- Find better-fitting clothing
- Increase activity level
- Boost self-confidence
Improve Your Health and Confidence With Breast Reduction!
No woman should have to suffer because overly large breasts are negatively impacting her physical and mental health. It’s time to protect your health, your self-confidence, and your posture. If you think that a breast reduction might be right for you, contact Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT to schedule your consultation. We look forward to answering any additional questions you might have about this procedure at your appointment!