The reason most people have plastic surgery is to change a physical attribute they don’t like, so they can feel better about themselves. But, when it comes to breast reduction surgery, it is much more than a cosmetic procedure.

Women who opt for breast reduction surgery usually have physical and, sometimes, mental challenges caused by oversized breasts.

Here are 5 good reasons to have a breast reduction.

  1. Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain

    This is undoubtedly the most common complaint. Large, heavy breasts can cause poor posture as it pulls the upper body forward. The muscles and tendons in the upper back need to work hard to support the extra weight. This continuous tension can result in pain getting worse over time.

    Women have reported relief from pain once they have had a breast reduction. Literally, a weight has been lifted off their chest. And pain relief can change one’s life.

  2. Skin irritation and rashes

    Some women experience skin irritation in the breast fold area and under the breast. This is often caused by chaffing and heat and can be extremely uncomfortable.

    Part of a breast reduction includes a lift. This not only restores a youthful perkiness, but also reduces skin-to-skin friction.

  3. Limited physical activity

    Oversized breasts can make it difficult to be physically active. Limiting exercise options and preventing participation in fun events.

    A reduction can allow previously busty women to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

  4. Restricted clothing choices

    It can be challenging to find clothing to fit well when your breasts are out of proportion to the rest of the body. Bra and swimwear choices are also limited.

    A reduction in size balances the body’s proportions, making shopping for clothing easier and more enjoyable.

  5. Feeling self-conscious

    Some women may feel self-conscious about their overly large breasts. They may be unhappy about the attention they receive. This can take a toll on their self-esteem and confidence.

    When someone likes the way their body looks, they feel more confident. So a breast reduction can help improve self-esteem. Most women that have this surgery are very satisfied with the results, and their biggest regret is not doing it sooner.

As with any plastic surgery, there are possible risks. Specifically for this procedure, these may include a reduction or loss of nipple sensation, scarring, and difficulty or inability to breastfeed. For this reason, some prefer to delay this procedure until after they have had children.

Another possible risk is a size, shape, and symmetry difference between the left and right breast which may lead to further surgery. Finding the right plastic surgeon reduces this risk.

For more detail about breast reduction surgery, risks, and how to prepare, click here. Or make an appointment for a one-on-one chat with Dr Mark van der Velde – a specialist plastic surgeon with experience in breast reduction procedures.