Some women develop disproportionately large breasts during puberty. This can cause health problems, and issues with self-esteem throughout life. Sometimes the problems caused by very large breasts can lead to a decision to have them surgically reduced – a breast reduction operation (or reduction mammoplasty).
Most women do not decide to have surgery as breast reduction is a large operation requiring several weeks off work, however if they suffer from physical problems such as neck and back ache, headaches, numbness and pain in the hands, shoulder pain, or other problems such as lewd comments made by men, or the inability to partake in sports, the benefits of having a breast reduction operation outweigh any negative factors.
In these women’s cases, their quality of life can be significantly improved by breast reduction surgery. Grooves in the collar bone and shoulders caused by bra straps can slowly heal due to there being less weight to support. Excessive sweating and associated skin conditions can be eliminated, and other pain and discomfort relieved.
This article on breast reduction surgery is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
After breast reduction surgery women feel less self-conscious and freer, able to do more activities, and lie more comfortably in bed. Breast reduction surgery can give your body a more balanced look, evening up the proportions and enhancing your self-esteem.
However, it’s important to remember that if you put on a lot of weight, the size of your bust will increase once again, but also decrease if you lose weight.
Women best suited to this operation have a stable weight and are not planning to breast feed in the future. Breast reduction surgery means that you will be unable to breastfeed and may lose nipple sensation.
What causes disproportionately large breasts?
There are several different reasons why some women have very large breasts:
An over-sensitivity to the sex hormone oestrogen during puberty
Hormonal changes after the menopause
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)