When it comes to body shape, everyone has different goals, and they’re not confined to cosmetic reasons alone. In fact, for the nearly 110,000 men and women in the United States who undergo breast reduction surgery, the driving forces encompass both aesthetic and physical health concerns.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, Drs. Trent Fogleman and Paul Benien Jr., and our team offer an extensive array of plastic surgery options to meet everyone’s unique needs and goals. As part of our services, we offer breast reduction surgery, which provides a great solution to any number of problems — and we review five of them here
1. Top heavy
Thanks to their position on your chest, large breasts can cause moderate-to-severe problems in your musculoskeletal system, especially in your back, neck, and shoulders.
Your body is only designed to carry so much weight, and when you have disproportionately large breasts, they not only run the risk of taxing your spine and joints, they can also throw your body off balance.
Whether you’re sitting or standing, your body attempts to accommodate the extra burden in any way it can, which can place added stresses on your muscles, joints, and soft tissues, leaving you in pain and discomfort.
2. On the move
Another reason why you may want to consider reducing your breast size is because of the inconvenience of having large breasts when you’re active. Under normal circumstances, breasts have a fair amount of freedom of movement because they aren’t tightly anchored to the body. When your breasts are on the larger side, however, this freedom of movement can be downright painful, especially if you enjoy activities where there’s considerable running or jumping.
While sports bras can help, finding ones for large breasts can also prove difficult, which can make being active with large breasts an exercise in frustration and discomfort.
3. Reduce and lift
During your breast reduction surgery, our doctors not only remove your excess breast tissue, they also lift your breasts higher up on your chest, achieving two objectives in one procedure.
4. Restoring proportion
Many of our patients turn to breast reduction surgery to achieve a more pleasing proportion. If you have a small frame that’s overshadowed by large breasts, we can remove what’s needed to give you smoother lines.
In doing this, we can turn the attention away from your large breasts, making them fit in seamlessly with your body as a whole.
5. Men can benefit, too
Of the 110,000 breast reduction surgeries performed each year in the US, nearly 25,000 of them are for men who want a solution for gynecomastia. This condition occurs when there’s abnormal enlargement in their breast tissue, making it appear as if they have breasts.
Gynecomastia isn’t uncommon — 65% of men between the ages of 27 and 92 years old display some degree of gynecomastia. Through breast reduction surgery, we can flatten the area, restoring a more “male” profile for our patients.
If you’d like to explore how breast reduction surgery can meet both your cosmetic and physical goals, contact our office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to set up a consultation.