Can breast reduction surgery help you reduce pain or discomfort?
If you have large or heavy breasts then you know the physical discomfort, difficulties and even pain they can cause. Larger breasts make exercising difficult. And it can be almost impossible to find a well-fitting bra that doesn’t create a “digging in” feeling.
So, as you can imagine, many women feel that breast reduction surgery is definitely worth it. So join us as we discuss the Top 3 Reasons Breast Reduction can help you.
1: Breast Reduction Relieves Neck and Shoulder Pain
Women who carry extra weight on their chest due to large breasts, is proven to cause physical discomfort. This can range from neck and shoulder pain, to back pain, as well as exacerbating other physical issues and injuries you may already be experiencing.
Further, heavier breasts can have a detrimental impact on both the skeletal make up and on your posture. This can lead to issues with balance and even chronic headaches.
As a result, many women seek breast reduction surgery to help them with chronic pain issues and to avoid taking long term pain medications.
2: Discomfort and Frustration of Large Bra Cup Sizes
A further issue women may experience with larger breasts is social embarrassment. Many women with larger breasts find, in social and interpersonal situations and relationships, their breasts become the focal point of very unwanted attention.
It is unfortunate that, in our society, there is an assumption that women with large breasts want attention. Many patients, as a result, have experienced uncomfortable social interactions and advances.
Further, attractive clothing and bras are simply not made to accommodate people with larger, heavier breasts. Bras are, in general, extremely uncomfortable and can cause a “digging in” feeling. This is a result of the underwire or the tightness of the bra straps, which can also lead to skin indentations or “bra grooves”. Bras that do fit are, generally, unattractive and very expensive.
And we have all experienced the frustrations of the peek-a-boo gaps large breasts cause in button-up shirts, blouses and dresses. So it is little wonder that many women seek breast reduction, just to feel more comfortable socially and physically.
Finding Your New Bra after Breast Reduction Surgery
Following your breast reduction procedure, you will need to wear one of the recommended types of surgical support bras. This will help support your newly reshaped breasts as they heal. Information and advice on the right bra for your recovery period will be provided during your consultation and from Dr Drielsma’s patient advisors.
Once you are healed, and your surgeon has given you the all clear to wear an underwire bra again, it is recommended that you get properly refitted and remeasured again. This includes for correctly fitting sports bras, to ensure you are properly supported at all times.
3: Breast Reduction Allows an Improvement in the Range of Activities
Finally, many of our patients express how a breast reduction actually allows them far better freedom of movement. Larger, heavy breasts can often prevent you from easily going about day to day tasks like exercising, and in some cases, even reaching for items or across the body.
Walking, running and exercising in general can cause a lot of train on heavy or large breasts, causing pain in the chest and general discomfort. Which, as a result, puts many women off regular exercise. In many cases, even high-impact sports bras cannot fully support larger breasts.
This is why many patients find themselves more active after a breast reduction procedure, as they are no longer being held back by the fear of pain or discomfort from their breasts. In fact, according to a 2013 study, not only did patients experience less physical pain and a significant improvement in their ability to exercise, they also were able to sleep more comfortably.
Modern breast reduction can be preformed using the “lollipop” vertical minimal scarring technique. This method, favoured by Dr Drielsma, reduces scarring significantly and improves overall breast shape.
If you are considering a breast reduction procedure, please visit our before and after page to view real life, patient results.
However, it is important to:
- always have realistic expectations (especially if you have existing breast asymmetry – breasts are sisters, not twins)
- understand that every woman is unique, so results will vary significantly from patient to patient
- take into account how much you psychologically identify with having a body with larger breasts
- examine how you truly feel about having smaller breasts (on rare occasions some patients find it difficult to come to terms with their smaller physique)
- understand that breast reduction is a complex surgical procedure with risks
- recognise that some common complications occur despite all you and your surgeon do to prevent them
- ask Dr Drielsma for more details during your personalised consultation
- call one of Dr Drielsma’s patient care coordinators for more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr Drielsma