The condition of excessively large breasts is known as breast hypertrophy. The condition typically occurs during puberty, but can also happen as a result of pregnancy and then persist as a permanent feature of a woman's body. When breasts have grown very large, weight loss cannot correct the problem. The breasts are simply large and their size poses a physical burden.
If you think that your breasts might be too big for your body, then some of the following physical problems should be familiar to you.
- Back and neck pain
- Breathing trouble
- Poor posture, possibly leading even to skeletal changes
- Skin chafing and hygiene difficulties where your breasts overlap your torso
- Disrupted sleep
- Restricted movement
- Difficulty finding clothing that fits
- Bra straps digging painfully into shoulders
- Self consciousness about large breast size
- Athletic limitations
All of these uncomfortable problems and limitations can result from the weight and bulk of very large breasts dragging down your entire bodily frame. To alleviate the sometimes severe discomfort of overly large breasts, the plastic surgery known as breast reduction or reduction mammaplasty may be a solution for you. Frequently women who undergo a breast reduction procedure are very satisfied with the relief they gain. They no longer have to live with constant pain or the self consciousness that often arises in women who have very large breasts.
Results of breast reduction vary for each individual. Your plastic surgeon will have to design a surgical procedure that will produce optimal results for your body. The goal will be to create smaller breasts that are more in proportion with the rest of your body and lighten your physical burden. A breast reduction procedure lowers the weight, bulk, and size of your breasts by surgically removing glandular tissue, fat, and skin and then rebuilding the remaining breast tissues into firmer and smaller shapes. Sometimes the areolas (nipple area) will also need to be reduced and repositioned. Liposuction might also be necessary in addition to the breast reduction surgery to clear up small fatty areas, particularly around the armpits.
It is very important to note that if you are planning on breastfeeding in the future, then your breast reduction surgery may reduce your ability to lactate. This happens because of removal of glandular tissue and the severing of milk ducts. Because breastfeeding is important for the health of mothers and infants, this side effect of breast reduction surgery should be weighed against the benefits very carefully.
If you have completed your childbearing or have no plans to breastfeed, then you need only consider the problems that can occur with surgery. Post surgical bleeding, infections, and fat necrosis (more common for smokers) are rare but possible difficulties that can arise from breast reduction surgery.
However, suffering from back pain, deteriorating posture, breathing difficulties, and being limited athletically may be more than sufficient to motivate you to seek breast reduction surgery. The benefits for your physical health, comfort, and improved self image are very enticing when you live with the constant burden of excessively large and sagging breasts.
If you choose to consult with a plastic surgeon about breast reduction surgery, he or she will assess your physical health and discuss what breast reduction outcomes can be achieved for your individual body. You will also need to discuss your motivations for the surgery. Along with a physical exam, you will provide your plastic surgeon with your medical history. Photographs will be taken of your breasts. The photographs are needed for surgical planning and for comparison after surgery. They also can be very helpful when submitting a medical claim with your health insurance.
Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are well-adjusted people in reasonably good health without any heart, lung, or kidney disease. Breast reduction surgery is not typically suitable for obese people.
Breast reduction surgery has allowed many women to free themselves from the burden and discomfort of breasts that grew too large. It is an increasingly popular procedure as more and more women realize that they have an option for relief.