According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 40,000 breast reduction procedures were performed in 2016. Breast reduction is designed to resize large, pendulous breasts by removing excess skin and tissue, enhancing a woman’s appearance and self-confidence.
If you have been contemplating breast reduction but are unsure of whether the procedure is right for you, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause shares a few telltale signs of when breast reduction is appropriate.
Heavy, overly large breasts can cause a slew of physical problems, including:
Back, neck and shoulder pain. Large breasts can put stress on the back, which is connected to the shoulders and neck. You may also find yourself regularly slouching or experiencing poor posture.
Skin infections and rashes. It is harder for sweat to evaporate under large breasts. Too much sweat accumulated under the breasts can cause bacteria to build up, which in turn leads to hygiene problems like infections and rashes.
Shoulder bruises from bra straps. It’s not uncommon for women with enlarged breasts to complain about deep indentations and bruising on the shoulders due to the bra straps digging into the skin as they hold up the weight of the breasts.
Pain while exercising. Aerobic exercise like running can be difficult and even painful due to the repeated bouncing of the breasts.
Many women with overly large breasts feel self-conscious about their appearance due to:
Unwanted attention. Women with large breasts may feel like they are constantly being looked at or judged due to the size of their breasts. As a result, they may choose to hide their large breasts under bulky sweaters and clothing. They may also become shy or withdrawn from social situations.
Difficulty finding clothes that fit properly. Large breasts that are disproportionate to the rest of the body can make shopping for flattering clothes difficult and even frustrating.
Learn More about Breast Reduction
Dr. Hause has helped hundreds of women with large, pendulous breasts feel more confident with breast reduction. Following the procedure, patients report feeling a boost in self-confidence as they are no longer embarrassed by the appearance of their breasts. Clothes fit better and flatter the patient’s more proportionate figure. Physical discomfort is eliminated and exercise becomes more comfortable and enjoyable.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction, schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hause by calling (916) 646-6869 today.