Ask Dr Edinburg: Is Breast Reduction Right For Me?

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When it comes to breast size, bigger is not always necessarily better.

Overly large breasts that are disproportionate to a small body frame can cause a lot of issues and overall discomfort for women. From physical issues like backaches and neck pain to limitations on clothing choices, everyday activities and to an effect on your self-confidence, there are many struggles that can come from having excessively large breasts.

So how do you know if Breast Reduction Surgery is right for you?

Below are four potential reasons why I may recommend a Breast Reduction:

·         YOUR BREASTS ARE CAUSING YOU A LOT OF PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT

Having large breasts means having to carry a lot of excess breast weight. This can often lead to physical discomfort for many including back and neck pain as well as shoulder problems from bra straps. Sometimes the pain can even extend to the arms and cause headaches. Big breasts can also cause excessive sweating and an increased likelihood of developing rashes and infections in the folds underneath the breasts. A Breast Reduction can help to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by heavy breasts including the symptoms mentioned above.

·         IT’S DIFFICULT TO FIND CLOTHING THAT FITS

Whilst big breasts can be the envy of many, for some women, having overly large breasts means great limitations on the kinds of clothing they can wear. Certain staple wardrobe items like button-down shirts, blazers and swimsuits are often designed for standard clothing sizes and women with huge breasts can find it troublesome to buy good fitting cuts that are both flattering for their shape and doesn’t seek to accentuate unwanted attention to their chests. A Breast Reduction can help to improve proportion and balance to your body figure, lessening the restrictions to your clothing choices.

·         YOUR BREASTS ARE PROHIBITING YOU FROM HAVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Having heavy and large breasts can make playing sport and keeping an active lifestyle a challenge. Simple exercises like aerobics or even basic physical activities like jogging can be unpleasant because all that movement can cause you breast pain, discomfort and backaches. Reducing the size of your breasts can allow you to move around and keep active in a more free and comfortable manner.

·         YOU CONSTANTLY FEEL SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE SIZE OF YOUR BREASTS

On top of all the potential physical issues, big-breasted women often experience psychological problems due to their size. Sometimes, simply feeling that your breasts are too large is enough to cause emotional distress and an amplification of self-consciousness. Improving your breast shape to one that’s more in harmony with the rest of your body figure can help with a woman’s self-esteem and confidence.

Overall, many of my patients experience a combination of these problems listed above due to their breast size, and if this sounds like you, then perhaps Breast Reduction is a viable choice to consider.

Breast Reduction Surgery can help to alleviate many of the issues and symptoms mentioned above and most of my patients are delighted with their surgery outcomes, reporting an improvement to the quality of their life and confidence.

The procedure itself involves removing excess breast tissues, reshaping of the breasts and lifting them to a more upright and youthful position. Of course, a proper assessment by a professional Plastic Surgeon is imperative before you choose to go ahead. Everyone’s breast shape and size is different, and so is body shape. Therefore, I regard Breast Surgeries as highly individualised procedures and I always tailor the surgery to each unique patient.

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Sydney Plastic Surgeon