When chronic low back pain is a problem for women with large breasts, there are a number of options that can provide relief. Even when pain is not an issue, there are other health benefits of choosing a breast reduction in Houston or the surrounding area, leading more than 69,000 people in the United States to choose this surgical option each year.1
Technically known as mammaplasty, a breast reduction and lift procedure removes excess tissue and skin from the breasts and also offers a lift at the same time. By bringing the body into balance, this procedure can remove strain on the neck, upper spine, and lower back.
Changing your proportions can improve the way you move, stand, sit, and sleep. Let’s explore the reasons large breasts can cause back pain, why breast reduction can help, when the right time is to consider this option, and some other steps you can take to relieve discomfort.
When the body is out of balance, additional stress is put on the muscles and ligaments that support the neck, spine, and pelvis. Repetitive motions and poor posture add additional strain, causing inflammation and pain.
Having breasts which are larger than proportional may cause these issues:
Studies show that cup sizes of D and above are likely to cause back pain, impact posture, and alter the curvature of the spine.2 Of course, every woman’s proportions are unique, and these types of issues can also happen to those with smaller cup sizes in combination with smaller frames.
By offering a permanent solution, breast reduction surgery offers excellent results in most cases. In a recent study of women with cup sizes of DD or larger, 50% reported chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain. After breast reduction, only 10% continued to report these symptoms.2
With results so dramatic, this pain-relieving surgery may offer improved quality of life and prevent further damage for women silently suffering from this unavoidable chronic pain. Bringing everything back into balance may be the best answer.
Reducing the size and weight of the breasts through breast reduction surgery can help restore normal function and reduce the symptoms women experience by:
Of course, there are other contributing factors that can cause back pain. Any of these might be made worse by having larger breasts.
Some of the related causes that might be involved include:3
Just as there are individual reasons and motivations to consider any type of plastic surgery, women choose breast reduction for reasons other than back pain. Just some of the benefits and motivations that can be realized are:
A breast reduction surgery is not always the answer for all who are looking to gain these benefits. Some people are not good candidates due to the timing of life events or health considerations.
Some reasons you might be advised to wait to have surgery or to consider other options might be:4
While reducing the strain on the back by reducing the weight of the breasts can have a dramatic effect on chronic back pain, making the most of your newfound agility and balance also depends on doing the right things after your procedure. These tips can help reduce discomfort while you wait for surgery or after it is complete:
When it comes to your health, your quality of life, and your self-confidence, making a fully informed decision comes first and is foremost. At the Houston Center for Breast and Body, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons will offer all the latest techniques and let you know about all of your options.
From a simple aesthetic surgery to microsurgical reconstruction techniques, we have the expertise to bring your vision to reality. There is no better team to trust with your breast reduction in Houston or the lone star state of Texas. Contact us at 713-893-1109 today and schedule a consultation to find your perfect balance, create your ideal proportions, and find relief from chronic back pain caused by too much of a good thing.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
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