Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Published on July 30, 2018
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

Studies show that at least 50% of women are unhappy with their breast size or shape. However, when people think about breast surgery, most automatically think of women are hoping to increase their chest size. The truth is that there are just as many women who would like to decrease the size of their breasts. Women with bigger than average breasts often cite the negative impacts they can have upon their day to day lives.

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure used to reduce the size and weight of a woman’s breasts. Breast reduction surgery removes fat and tissue from the breasts to make them smaller and lighter. It also reshapes them and positions them in such a way that they appear fuller, more symmetrical and sit higher on the chest. This helps them appear perkier, and subsequently, more youthful. 

There are several different types of breast reduction surgery and which you will be approved for will depend on the current size of your breasts and what size and shape you hope to achieve. We will discuss your options with you at your consultation and will make a recommendation as to which type of surgery is most suited to you. This will be based on your hopes and expectations for the procedure and your medical history. During your initial consultation, we will be able to discuss your surgical goals and set realistic expectations for the surgery.


Benefits of breast reduction surgery

Many people underestimate the effect that large, heavy breasts can have on a woman’s health. The physical toll of carrying around the burden can be tremendous, but so too can the psychological impact of feeling unhappy with your breasts and the unwanted attention that they may bring. 


Here are some of the key benefits of choosing breast reduction surgery.


Less back, shoulder and neck discomfort

Many women find that their larger breasts are so heavy, they place considerable strain on their back, shoulders and even neck. This is often especially true for petite women who lack the muscle and bone structure to be able to support a disproportionate amount of weight on their chest. 

Reducing the size of your breasts also means eliminating some of the weight from them. This can significantly reduce the amount of discomfort that you feel. 

Breathing becomes easier

The weight of their chest can cause some bigger-breasted women to experience breathing problems, particularly after exercise. Sleeping can also present problems as laying on your front or back may be impossible due to the weight and size of your breasts crushing your lungs and restricting airflow. 

Breast reduction surgery removes a significant amount of the weight on your chest, making physical activity and sleeping much easier. 

Fewer skin-related problems

Unfortunately, women with large, heavy breasts are prone to skin problems under and around their breasts. Despite excellent hygiene, moisture and heat can easily become trapped underneath them, causing sweat and irritation. In some instances, skin infections may also develop. Rubbing and skin rashes from strain against the bra are also common, and these can become very sore. 

When you choose a breast reduction, not only are the breasts made smaller, they are also reshaped and repositioned so that more air can get around and underneath them. This reduces the likelihood of skin-related problems.


Less unwanted attention

Many women who have larger breasts find that their shape sometimes attracts unwanted attention, and not always just from the opposite sex. This can cause feelings of embarrassment and seriously dent your self-esteem. It can also be a source of problems within professional and personal relationships.

Smaller breasts can help you feel confident about the way you look, and this will shine through to everyone around you and help you avoid any stares, comments, or attention that you neither want or deserve.

No compromise on clothes

Shopping can be a nightmare for someone with overly large breasts, particularly if they are not in proportion with the rest of your body. Most women feel that they cannot wear the swimwear or clothes that they would like to without feeling self-conscious, and anything strapless is usually off-limits.

However, smaller breasts will open up a whole wardrobe full of possibilities, and you will find that you can wear what you want to without worrying about your breasts.   

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of breast reduction surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call our office today at 337-226-0400.