At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence, a division of La Peer Health Systems, our plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform breast reduction surgery to help you achieve breasts that are comfortable and proportionally-fit to the rest of your body. To schedule an appointment with our expert surgeons, please call 888.391.5720 today.

Are you debating on whether or not to receive breast reduction surgery? Women with overly-large or heavy breasts often suffer a variety of symptoms, some of which seem to have no direct correlation to the breasts themselves. Studies have shown that migraines, neck pain, and even numbness in the fingers can all be symptoms of extra-large breasts. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms or pains, you may be a candidate to receive breast reduction surgery.

1. You have difficulty breathing

Women with large breasts often find it difficult to breath. Extra-large breasts place more weight on internal organs, most notably the lungs, making it difficult to breathe or to take full breaths or air. Shortness of breath is a very common complaint amongst women with large breasts. If you frequently find it difficult to catch your breath after relatively normal physical activities, you may be a perfect candidate for breast reduction surgery.

2. You experience numbness in the fingers

As a woman ages, her shoulders naturally begin to roll forward, compressing a region of the body called the thoracic outlet. Comprised of a bundle of nerves (the brachial plexus), veins, and arteries, the thoracic outlet is located between the shoulder and neck. When the brachial plexus is compressed, patients report feeling numbness in the hands and fingers, symptoms of a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome.

If you are a woman and are experiencing chronic numbness and hands, it’s possible that overly-large breasts are contributing to your condition. Due to the heavy weight of the breasts, they may be causing additional compression within the thoracic outlet.

3. You slouch and have shoulder pain

The larger breasts are, the more they will pull the body forward, resulting in posture problems and discomfort in the shoulders. In addition, if your bra straps leave indentations on your shoulder, it could be a sign that you need breast reduction surgery.

4. Your body looks out-of-proportion

Do you feel as if your breasts are greatly out-of-proportion to the rest of your body? For smaller or more petite women, overly-large breasts can cause embarrassing and unwanted attention from strangers, not to mention pain and discomfort. If your breasts are too large for the rest of your body, breast reduction surgery may be a viable option.

5. You suffer from migraines

Migraine headaches have been linked to overly-large and heavy breasts. If you frequently suffer from debilitating migraine headaches, it’s possible that breast reduction surgery can alleviate the pain and discomfort felt during headaches.

Contact a Breast Reduction Specialist Today

At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence, Dr. Firouz and his team of experts can treat women who suffer from overly-large and painful breasts. If you any experience the symptoms listed on this page, you may be a prime candidate for breast reduction surgery. Please call the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence at 888.391.5720 to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.

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