Large, heavy breasts can lead to a variety of health problems. A breast reduction often alleviates the symptoms associated with voluminous breasts. There are several reasons why breast reduction or another form of breast surgery is needed for women, and in some instances, men.
Three of the most common reasons to have a breast reduction include:
Physical Pain – Many women experience chronic pain due to the size of their breasts. Painful symptoms include:
- Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain
- Pain in your chest wall
- Poor posture
- Grooving in your shoulders from bra straps
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling or numbness in your hands
- Sleep problems
Breast reduction surgery reduces the weight and size of the breasts to relieve this pressure and help you live a more pain-free life.
Skin Rashes and Chafing – Large breasts can lead to several skin issues. Chafing occurs when the skin of your breasts rubs against your clothing or bra and may be caused by breast overflow as it’s difficult for large-breasted women to find the right bra size. Skin rashes are also heavily present among women with oversized breasts such as heat rash between or underneath the breasts. A breast reduction can alleviate the rashes and chafing due to large breasts.
Gynecomastia – Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. Male breast reduction to treat this condition is common and can be done through liposuction or by removing breast tissue. Gynecomastia can be caused by certain medications, hormonal changes, obesity and other factors. Enlarged male breasts typically go away after several months, but a breast reduction is an option for persistent gynecomastia, especially if it has caused severe sensitivity.