Larger breasts are appealing to some people. Unfortunately, larger breasts are not always healthy or safe. Even though breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries today, more and more people are seeing the benefits of a breast reduction. But you may not realize if a reduction procedure is right for you.

From lifting and firming to making them much smaller, reducing the size and shape of your breasts may be necessary for a variety of reasons. This guide and a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine if you will benefit from a breast reduction surgery.

1. Shoulder, Neck, or Back Pain

Your breasts may be located on your chest, but they directly affect your shoulders, neck, and back. If you have large breasts, the excess weight will pull your chest forward, placing stress and tension on the shoulders, neck, and spinal column.

You may be surprised to learn what size breast cup can lead to this chronic pain. For example, even a D-cup or higher can place an enormous amount of tension on the chest, shoulders, neck, and back, leading to chronic pain that affects your daily life.

If you are constantly experiencing discomfort or severe pain in your shoulders, neck, or back, a breast reduction may be the solution.

2. Breathing Difficulty

Another sign you may need a reduction is if your breasts are preventing you from breathing properly. If you have large breasts, the excess breast tissue places unnecessary weight on the chest, constricting the diaphragm’s ability to expand and contract during the natural breathing process.

If you have large breasts, you may struggle to breathe when performing simple tasks, like running errands, getting dressed, or doing household chores. In some instances, you may experience breathing issues when you first lie down to go to sleep, since the excess tissue and weight from the breasts places too much pressure on the chest and lungs.

Wearing tight-fitting bras to support your breasts may also affect your ability to breathe.

By reducing the size of the breasts through surgery, less weight will affect your chest and lungs, which will help you breathe in a more normal, comfortable manner.

3. Skin Irritations and Rashes

If your breasts are causing skin irritations or rashes, it may be time for a reduction surgery, as well.

The skin around the breasts and bra line can become irritated in a few different ways.

For example, you may notice redness, swelling, and irritation of the skin under your bra straps. This irritation stems from the weight of the breasts pulling on the bra straps, affecting the skin under the straps on the shoulder, your back, and your chest and abdominal area.

If the skin of your breast is rubbing onto the other breast and creating friction, you may develop a red, irritated, and painful rash. In the summer or when you sweat, fungus or bacteria may grow on the skin, causing an uncomfortable infection.

4. Limited Lifestyle

Last, but certainly not the least, large breasts can negatively affect your lifestyle.

Your large and heavy breasts may prevent you from participating in certain physical activities, such as walking, running, dancing, or yoga. The pain and discomfort in addition to the breathing issues may affect your ability to work and do household chores. Self-esteem issues are also common for women who have very large breasts.

If you are struggling to live the lifestyle you want to live because of your large breasts, reduction surgery is a good solution to consider.

To learn more about breast reduction surgery and if it is the right option for your health and wellness, contact The Lett Center today.