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Sometimes Less IS More

One of the most commonly requested and most immediately rewarding plastic surgery procedures we do in Newport Beach is female breast reduction. In Newport Beach and elsewhere, many women suffer from physical and emotional pain caused by disproportionally large breasts. And unfortunately, non-surgical treatments often provide little or no relief.

Most people don’t realize it but heavy breasts can easily cause problems in more than one area of the body. And just having large breastscan contribute to obesity by reducing a woman’s exercise capacity. Some of the problems women with large breasts face can include

  • chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • chest wall pain
  • headaches
  • poor posture
  • shoulder grooving from bra straps
  • numbness and tingling of the hands
  • shortness of breath
  • sleep disturbances
  • rashes under and between the breasts and in the bra strap grooves
  • low exercise tolerance.

Mild symptoms may be relieved by anti-inflammatory medications, heat packs, massage, chiropractic, physical therapy. However, many of our clients have more severe and persistent symptoms, and non-surgical treatments rarely provide permanent relief.  Supportive bras and weight loss are definitely beneficial and desirable for health reasons, but weight loss has been shown repeatedly not to be effective treatment for symptoms related to heavy breasts. The main problem is gravity. Large breasts becomes progressively longer and heavier due to the effects of gravity. Also breast skin is heavy and it contributes significantly to total breast weight, and unfortunately any increase in breast skin volume is permanent and won’t decrease significantly even with weight loss.

Breast reduction surgery is a highly effective treatment for women with large breasts because it deals directly with the cause of the symptoms. Benefits from breast reduction surgery include improved physical functioning, pain relief, improved skeletal stability, improved lung function, improved quality of sleep, reduced headaches, and improved breast visualization on mammography. And patient satisfaction rates after breast reduction are extremely high as relief is almost immediate after surgery.

If you live in the Newport Beach area and are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, contact our office today.