large-breasts-healthAs you may already know, large breasts can cause health problems. Not only can having large breasts (macromastia) be painful and uncomfortable, but it can also cause permanent or chronic issues as you age. Women with large breasts may already have experienced some of these symptoms – back pain, shoulder pain, or unintentionally “hunching” over – and understand that carrying so much weight on their chests can be detrimental to their health.

If you are one of these women who suffer from large breasts, it’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help available. At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board-certified breast surgeons specialize in the most advanced techniques for breast reduction surgery. You can learn more about treatment options by contacting our outpatient surgery center today.

Health Risks of Large Breasts

There are many health problems associated with large breasts, including:

  • Back pain and neck problems
  • Permanent grooving in the shoulders from bra straps
  • Rashes and sores under the breasts
  • Bad posture (which can lead to chronic nerve problems)
  • Limited ability to participate in aerobic activities, even with a proper-fitting bra

Additionally, it can be difficult to find bras and clothing that fit properly when breasts are large.

breast-reductionAlong with these physical health problems that can result from having large breasts, many women (and men) often face emotional issues related to their large breasts, including poor body image or low self-esteem. This psychological problem for women with large breasts may stem from the fact that finding bras and clothes that fit is difficult or impossible, or they may feel like they don’t fit in with their peers.

Relief for Women with Large Breasts

Women with large breasts may find some relief from the pain and discomfort associated with the weight of their breasts by:

  • Losing weight
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Wearing a supportive bra

If these methods do not prove effective, you may want to consider undergoing breast reduction.

Breast Reduction and Lift

breast-reductionA breast reduction involves the removal of excess fat and tissue within the breasts in order to reduce the overall size. In many cases, women wish to also have a breast lift at the time of their breast reduction, and these procedures can be combined in one short outpatient procedure.
Because breast reduction surgery can be performed at our outpatient center, patients enjoy a relaxed and beautiful, yet sterile environment, without the risk of illnesses that are common in an inpatient hospital setting. Additionally, patients can go home the same day as their procedures, and typically recover much faster than with traditional surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does wearing a bra to bed help prevent my breasts from sagging or growing?

A: No. Wearing a bra to bed isn’t necessarily good or bad, and should depend on what is comfortable for you. There is no evidence that wearing a bra will “strap in” your breasts and prevent them from growing, or keep them from sagging.

Q: How does bad posture from large breasts negatively affect my health? 

A: Developing bad posture due to large breasts can cause a hump to form in your back over time, making standing or sitting upright even more difficult than before. When you have large breasts, it is important to be aware of how you are sitting and try to maintain the best posture possible. This will also help with alleviating some of your back and neck pain.

Q: Who is the best candidate for breast reduction?

A: Women who experience pain and discomfort from their large breasts are ideal candidates for reduction. However, women who desire smaller breasts for aesthetic purposes, or who want to be able to fit into more proportionate clothing, are also excellent candidates. Each patient is unique and has different needs.

Los Angeles Breast Reduction

If you suffer from large breasts that cause you pain or discomfort, and you would like to learn more about breast reduction and lift surgery in Los Angeles, please feel free to contact our outpatient surgery center. You can schedule a consultation with a breast surgeon at the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence by filling out our online contact form or by calling (888) 391-5720.

Next, read about chronic back pain from large breasts.