Very large breasts can pose a major problem for the women who have them. Those who suffer from this condition, known as macromastia, may experience difficulty and pain in several areas of life due to their large breasts, including physical pain, low self-esteem and social discomfort.
A breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, removes fat, glandular tissue and excessive skin, creating smaller, lighter and firmer breasts that fit into the proportion of the rest of the body. While some women choose to undergo a breast reduction procedure for cosmetic reasons, there are a number of medical reasons to consider as well.
- Back, neck or shoulder pain. One of the most common complaints among women with large breasts is that they suffer from pain in their neck or backs. For certain women, the discomfort is so severe that it interferes with everyday life. In addition, women may suffer from shoulder pain since heavy breasts can cause bra straps to dig into the shoulder, creating a groove in the skin.
- Sleep trouble. Certain sleeping positions can become uncomfortable with extra weight pressing down, or for those women that sleep on their stomachs. This constant discomfort can take its toll on a person’s sleep patterns.
- Difficulty with exercise. While exercise can help with weight loss and sometimes a reduction in breast size, many women with large breasts find physical activity difficult or even impossible, even when wearing a sports bra. This can create a cycle of frustration for women looking to lose weight or reduce breast size the natural way.
- Skin irritation. Rashes, abrasions or other skin issues may develop underneath breasts due to friction. These are often uncomfortable and can become painful, and sometimes can lead to infection. While antibiotics or topical medications may be used to treat skin irritation, a reduction can eliminate chronic skin problems caused by large or heavy breasts.
Breast Reduction on Long Island
Are you interested in learning more about a breast reduction? Contact Dr. Rhee today! We are located in Huntington Station, Long Island, New York, and can be reached directly at 631.424.6707. We look forward to hearing from you soon!