When people think of breast reductions, they often think of loss. “Reduction” makes it sound like something is being taken away. The truth is that breast reduction surgery does the exact opposite: The surgery adds a tremendous amount of freedom, comfort and options to your life by reducing the size of your breasts. It’s not a question of what you’ll lose: It’s all about what you’ll be gaining after your surgery.
Breast reductions can be life-changing procedures in the best possible way. At the office of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard J. Brown, we’ve seen firsthand just how much it can enhance the lives of our patients. If you’re wondering what you can gain from getting a reduction, read on to see what you can look forward.
Overly large breasts can be, at best, uncomfortable. At their worst, they can be a source of chronic pain. They can put a considerable strain on your body, inflicting pain on your neck, back and shoulders. In some cases large breasts can cause paresthesia, creating a sensation of tickling, tingling or burning on your skin. And as you get older, the health problems caused by large breasts can get worse. As they start to sag, that will add more weight and pressure to your body, worsening the pains you may already be experiencing around your neck, back and shoulders.
In addition to causing pain, overly large breasts can make day to day living a struggle. Picking up an object or scooping your child up in your arms could leave you feeling exhausted and dizzy. Just sitting at a desk could tire you out. And depending on how you sleep at night, that added weight from your breasts could make you wake up in the morning feeling worn out and strained.
Large breasts also make having an active lifestyle difficult. Whether it’s dancing, swimming, running, yoga or other forms of cardio, having large breasts can make these activities uncomfortable and occasionally painful.
Getting a breast reduction can solve all these problems. By reducing your breast size, you’re lightening the weight and pressure on your chest, alleviating the stress it’s putting on your neck, back and shoulders. Athletics and daily activities become far easier and less intensive to do. From your office to the beach to the bedroom, every aspect of your life will feel more comfortable after you get a reduction.
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Being heavy-chested can make you stand out, and not in a good way. Your large bust will make you the center of attention, whether you want to be or not. It can be hard to feel secure in yourself when it feels like your body is working against you. When you’re having to deal with constant pains or find yourself having to say to no to certain social situations or activities because you’re afraid about how you’ll look doing them, maintaining a positive self-image can be very difficult.
The uncomfortable truth is that people will treat you differently when you’re heavy-chested. You may not be taken as seriously at work, people may make assumptions about your personality and intelligence and character based on your bust size. And you may be subjected to unwanted advances and attention from all sorts of acquaintances and strangers. It’s deeply unfair, it isn’t right but it does happen and it will probably continue to happen so long as you have large breasts.
A reduction can bring you confidence and a feeling of peace of mind. After spending most of your life feeling awkward in your own body, you can finally take ownership of it and feel liberated from that extra weight and strain. No longer will your bust size be the first thing that people notice about you or remember about you.
Large breasts can pull all the focus away from the rest of your personality and body. You can feel like they define you, that they ARE you. By reducing them, you’re opening the narrow aperture through which most of the world sees you. They finally get to see the whole you.
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Getting a breast reduction frees you to do all the things you had trouble doing before. Physical activities and sports that would have been too taxing before are now things you can do all the time. You don’t have to opt out of group outings or trips to the beach or yoga classes because you don’t have to worry about pain or being the center of attention anymore.
Reductions also offer another major advantage: they open your wardrobe choices. Buying clothes that fit you properly when you’re a large breasted woman can be very tricky. Especially if you’re buying swimwear or sports clothes! Most often women end up buying clothes that are a size or two smaller due to lack of options, making them feel constricted and hemmed in by their own clothes.
You can see this most vividly when it comes to bra shopping. No two bra manufacturers use the same standard for measurements, so what one bra company would call a C another would call a DD. This can make bra shopping for large-breasted women a nightmare.
To make matters worse: most companies don’t produce bras past a certain size! This forces well-endowed women to either wear something smaller and more uncomfortable or they’ll have to seek out a specialty store to get bras and other clothing in their size. The problem with this is that specialty stores aren’t always available depending on where you live and they tend to be more expensive than normal clothing stores.
After a reduction this won’t be a problem anymore No longer will it be impossible to find a sports bra that fits you, or any bra for that matter. Instead of your clothing options being restricted by what you can wear, you’ll be free to wear all sorts of different cuts, varieties and styles of clothes now. Having this fashion freedom can make you feel more confident and sexy and comfortable in your own body.
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If you think you’re ready to get more out of life by letting go of your big bust, give board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard J. Brown a call at 480-947-2455.