When most people hear about breast surgery, they usually think about breast implants. However, even though breast augmentation is the single most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States today, such surgeries actually account for less than half of the total number of breast surgeries performed. In fact, according to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 100,000 women last year chose to make their breasts smaller, lighter, and more firm with surgical breast reduction procedures.
Intended primarily to give the breasts a more balanced and proportional appearance, breast reduction obviously has the potential to help improve the confidence of those who have been made to feel self-conscious by disproportionately large breasts. Moreover, many women have found that certain clothing tends to fit much better after breast reduction surgery. What many do not realize, however, is that the procedure can also have many other, far more significant benefits. Large and heavy breasts may cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, and posture problems. As women get older or gain weight, their shoulders can start to roll forward, compressing the ribs and chest and placing excessive strain on the vertebrae. Larger, heavier breasts can exacerbate this problem to the point that chronic pain results. The excess weight can also pull on the nerves behind the collar bone, potentially causing numbness in the arms and tingling in the fingers and hands. Reducing the size of the breasts relieves a great deal of this stress and improves overall comfort and quality of life.
The constant weight of heavy breasts can affect other aspects of a woman’s lifestyle as well. Self-consciousness and physical inconvenience may cause some women to avoid outdoor activities and aerobic exercise, both of which may cause discomfort. By removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, I can not only give the entire frame a more proportionate appearance, but make the breasts significantly lighter and firmer, allowing the patient to comfortably pursue a more active and healthy lifestyle. In many cases, women with larger breasts will also experience excessive sagging. For these women, a breast lift can be performed at the same time as a breast reduction, giving the breasts a more youthful and attractive appearance that compliments their improved health and more active lifestyle.
If you would like to know if breast reduction surgery could help you, or if you are interested in any of the other cosmetic plastic surgery or body contouring procedures that I perform, please schedule a consultation with me, Dr. James Namnoum. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news and updates.