Ask any one of the Houston plastic surgeons in my area who performs breast reduction surgery and he or she will tell you that a breast reduction can improve your physical appearance. However, I find that many of my patients are equally as thrilled about the non-cosmetic benefits of surgery, including:
- Improved comfort. Large breasts can cause a number of physical problems, including back, shoulder and neck pain. Just wearing a bra can be painful, because bra straps often dig into the shoulders and create deep, painful grooves in the skin. By making the breasts lighter, these symptoms almost immediately disappear. My patients report feeling more comfortable after surgery, as if a load of weight has been lifted (which, in reality, it has).
- Greater range of movement. Women who have breast reduction surgery are able to perform more dynamic movements. This allows them to participate in a wider range of activities they may have avoided in the past, such as running, golfing, tennis or swimming. Having greater freedom to participate in sports and exercise encourages many breast reduction patients to maintain a healthier lifestyle after surgery.
- Better posture. Heavy breasts can draw the shoulders forward, creating a rounded appearance in the back and spine. Breast reduction surgery relieves the pressure and pulling of the upper shoulders and neck, making it easier to stand up straight. Over time, better posture can lead to an improved appearance.