Every day, thousands of women visit their cosmetic surgeon to discuss breast augmentation. Although you may think most of these appointments are focused on breast implants, there is a substantial number of ladies who are asking their surgeon about going smaller, rather than larger. While there are many reasons a woman may consider breast reduction, three common problems top the list:
1. Back pain
Large breasts can put a severe strain on the muscles of the back, as well as the neck and spine. The weight of the breasts can be compared to having five pound bowling balls strapped to the chest. Poor posture then results, as a woman tries to balance the weight of the breasts, putting even further strain on the back. The pull from substantially sized breasts can also create deep bra strap grooves, rubbing and irritating the skin on the shoulders.
2. Inability to do certain activities
Exercise can be extremely uncomfortable for women with large breasts. Activities like running, tennis, and even bowling shake and pull a large chest, hurting the back and shoulders. Other, day-to-day chores can also be monumental: seatbelts are ill-fitting, bending over is awkward, and sleeping on the stomach painful. Women suffer from more than just discomfort, breathing problems can even occur, as the large breasts put pressure on the chest cavity.
3. Embarrassment over appearance
Large breasts garner lots of attention, at times for all of the wrong reasons. To avoid stares, women with a substantial chest may swear off tight t-shirts and avoid bathing suits. Covering up big breasts can be difficult, too, as appropriately fitting clothing is hard to find. A large chest size can impact self-esteem and self-confidence.
Breast reductions may not make entertainment headlines everyday, but Hollywood is no stranger to these procedures. Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Janeane Garofalo, and Patricia Heaton have all opted to have their large breasts reduced to a size more proportionate to their frame. A smaller chest does not seem to have hurt their careers a bit, and if anything, these stars are more comfortable than ever showing off their bodies.
Questions about breast reduction? Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at (281) 407-7428 to speak one-on-one with a personal patient coordinator. Once you get all the facts, you may just realize that bigger is not always better.