Experts estimate that health problems associated with excessively large breasts affect nearly 1 million women nationwide. Fortunately, plastic surgery offers a solution to this common issue. Most are aware that breast reduction surgery can, in addition to giving the breasts a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, relieve the physical discomfort and pain caused by large breasts by making them smaller, firmer, lighter, and more evenly proportioned. What you may not know, however, is that this popular surgery procedure can also provide additional long-term health benefits.
Women with large, cumbersome breasts often suffer from chronic back and neck pain, but they can also experience issues elsewhere in the body. As women get older or gain weight, their shoulders naturally roll forward, compressing the area where the ribs, shoulder blades, and nerves converge. The larger the breasts are, the more the shoulders roll forward, and the more this compression occurs. This can eventually compress the nerve fibers enough to cause chronic pain. The excess weight on the shoulders pulling on nerves behind the collar bone can even cause numbness in the arms and tingling nerves in the fingers and hands. Eventually, the symptoms can cause a variety of other problems.
Excessively large breasts can also impede one’s ability to lead an active life. The self-consciousness and physical inconvenience often associated with having large, heavy breasts may cause some women to avoid outdoor activities and aerobic exercise, both of which may be awkward, uncomfortable, and even pain-inducing. This can potentially lead to higher risks of obesity, problems with self-image, and even depression. Moreover, excessively large breasts can make sleeping difficult, preventing the body from getting the rest and rejuvenation it needs and leading to a host of related health problems.
Breast reduction surgery offers a permanent, safe solution for women who are unhappy with their excessively large breasts. Since the surgery only requires the removal of skin and superficial tissue, there’s a relatively short recovery period and very little postoperative discomfort. If you’re interested in breast-reduction surgery or any of the many plastic surgery procedures we perform, please contact one of our Atlanta Plastic Surgery offices to schedule a consultation today. In addition to discussing your prospective procedure, we can go over our available financing options for plastic surgery with you. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.