Almost 85,000 women underwent breast reduction surgery in 2018, which represents an 18% increase. Not to be left out, 25,000 men joined these ranks in 2018. One of the primary reasons behind this significant jump in numbers is the high satisfaction rate among those who undertake this procedure.
At our practice, Sterling Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Mathieson, has extensive experience helping his clients achieve their aesthetic and quality-of-life goals. Whether large breasts are causing you discomfort or you’re concerned about a disproportionate figure, here’s a look at how breast reduction can help you get the body of your dreams.
Let’s get physical
One of the main drivers behind the decision to undergo breast reduction surgery is the desire to eliminate discomfort. Large breasts represent far more than a lingerie-shopping challenge — they can interfere with many areas of your life.
If you enjoy athletic pursuits, like running or hiking, large breasts can make your journey all the more difficult. By their very nature, breasts are poorly supported on your body, which is what forces most women into bras.
With excessively large breasts, the problem is magnified, and no matter how much support your bra provides, you’re still left with pendulous breasts that make any active pursuit highly uncomfortable as your breasts bounce and swing. The problem may be so great that you avoid athletic endeavors altogether.
Large breasts can also lead to chronic back and neck pain, whether or not you’re active. Carrying extra weight on your chest, day in and day out, taxes your spine as it attempts to provide the additional support that you need. And in the end, you’re left with a chronically sore back or neck, which can become extremely painful if your spine (or breasts) compromise surrounding nerves.
Another main driver behind breast reduction surgery is to bring more proportion to your figure. If your breasts overshadow the rest of your body, taking center stage on an otherwise smaller frame, breast reduction surgery can bring everything back into balance.
Through breast reduction, we not only reduce the size of your breasts, but we also ensure that they’re in a natural position that fits in seamlessly with the rest of your body.
Men can benefit from breast reduction, too
While we’ve mostly been discussing women’s issues with large breasts, men who have a condition known as gynecomastia benefit greatly from breast reduction surgery. Gynecomastia is a condition in which men experience swelling in their breast tissue, giving them the appearance of having breasts.
Through breast reduction surgery, we can remove the tissue, restoring your chest to a flatter, more masculine profile.
Another appealing draw to breast reduction surgery is that Dr. Mathieson performs the procedure on an outpatient basis and uses the latest techniques to minimize scarring.
During your surgery, Dr. Mathieson ensures that your results look natural, including the placement on your chest and nipple position.
Of course, breast reduction is still surgery, and depending upon the extent of the removal, you should count on some recovery time as your incisions heal and your breasts settle into their new positions.
If you’d like to unburden yourself of large breasts, please give us a call to learn more about our breast reduction surgery options.