Breast Reduction 101: Everything You Need To Know

Synergy Plastic Surgery

When women who had breast reduction surgery were surveyed, more than 95% said they were very satisfied with the results and the boost in their quality of life. Many women agree — the top reason they were happy with breast reduction was because it immediately relieved their physical symptoms, such as back pain.

Whether your large breasts are causing cosmetic issues, physical problems, or both, decreasing your bra size can help you look and feel your best.


  1. Eliminate chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain

There’s no doubt that large breasts cause severe back, neck, and shoulder pain. Breast reduction surgery can effectively provide pain relief by reducing the weight on your shoulders and back, which is one of the top reasons why women choose breast reduction.

Reducing the size of your breasts may also lower your risk for back disorders. Women who have breast reduction due to back pain gain better mobility and experience less stress in their lower backs during physical activity.

Furthermore, the pressure on nerves in your shoulders, as well from the weight of bra straps can potentially cause tingling and numbness in your arms, hands, and fingers. These symptoms should improve following breast reduction.

2. Return to an active lifestyle

Women with large breasts tend to avoid physical activities. Movement and activity with large breasts during exercise is uncomfortable, painful, and their weight adds extra stress on your back and body — enough to make activities difficult.

Large breasts restrict athletic endeavors, interfere with enjoying family time, and can even make it hard to deal with regular daily tasks. After breast reduction, women can live an active life without pain, exhaustion, breathlessness, or limited motion, which is why this is the second most common reason for breast reduction.

3. Regain confidence and self-esteem

Many women find that large breasts take a toll on their emotional well-being and psychological health. This insecurity may cause feelings of embarrassment or shame of their appearance and this poor body image can lead to low self-esteem. You can regain confidence and take control when your breast size is reduced to be in proportion with your body.

4. Improve posture and breathing

After breast reduction surgery, patients can stand comfortably with better posture. Carrying extra weight on your chest makes it hard to maintain good posture. Breast cup sizes D and above cause poor posture by altering the curvature of your spine.

Some women have a hard time breathing or they become short of breath during activities due to the weight of breasts against their chest. Poor posture only adds to the problem, as it reduces lung volume.

5. Enjoy clothes again

When you have large breasts or your chest size is larger than the rest of your body, clothing choices are severely limited, not to mention that it’s nearly impossible to find clothes that fit properly. The ability to enjoy choosing and wearing clothes again is a wonderful benefit gained after you have a breast reduction.


During the procedure, your surgeon may make one or more incisions in the breasts, through which they remove excess skin, glandular tissue, and fatty tissue. This helps reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. Areola reduction may also be conducted during a breast reduction surgery. This can be performed to better match the new proportions of the breast or if the patient wishes to reduce the size of their areola. Because every patient is unique, your surgeon will further discuss the procedure and answer any questions at your personalized complimentary consultation.


Things may be difficult to do on your own for the first few days, so make sure to have someone available to help you around the house. They’ll be able to help you with bathing and everyday activities.

Depending on your healing process, your surgeon may clear you to resume light workouts and activity a couple of weeks after your surgery. Our clinic may provide a garment to wear for the first few weeks, which helps with bruising, swelling and discomfort. It’s normal to lose some sensation in the nipple and areola, but in most cases, this heals itself naturally over time.

After a few months, you’ll be able to notice your breasts settle into their new shape and your incision lines begin to fade. You’ll also be able to notice a dramatic difference in your neck, back and shoulder pain associated with your breasts!

Schedule your complimentary consultation at Synergy Plastic Surgery to learn about your breast reduction options today!

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