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When Do I Need A Breast Reduction?

How To Choose If A Mammaplasty Surgery Can Improve Quality of Life 

When Do I Need A Breast Reduction?


While breast size is highly individualized, some patients may find that their size interferes with their overall well-being. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed to alleviate both physical and emotional discomfort associated with excessively large breasts.

Below, you will find some of the most common reasons patients choose this procedure.

When You Experience Any Of The Following Physical Symptoms

Chronic Pain

Persistent back, neck and shoulder pain can be indicative of the strain caused by heavy breasts. If conservative measures such as physical therapy fail to provide relief, breast reduction surgery may be considered.

Patient who underwent a successful breast reduction procedure Posture Issues

Large breasts can contribute to poor posture and spinal misalignment. Individuals experiencing chronic slouching, shoulder grooving from bra straps or discomfort while standing or sitting may benefit from this procedure.

Skin Irritation & Rashes

The skin underneath the breasts may become irritated due to constant friction and moisture. This can lead to rashes and other unpleasant skin conditions, making it necessary to explore surgical options for long-term relief.

Numbness & Nerve Compression

Large breasts can compress nerves and put a strain on the neck and torso, leading to numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and fingers. If conservative treatments, weight loss programs or other lifestyle changes do not alleviate these symptoms, breast reduction surgery may be a viable solution.

 When It Affects You Emotionally

Patient who is more confident after choosing breast reduction surgery


Self-Esteem Issues

Breast size can impact self-esteem and body image. Individuals who feel self-conscious or are experiencing a negative impact on their mental health may consider breast reduction as a means to enhance their overall well-being.

Issues Finding Clothing

It can be difficult and frustrating trying to find well-fitting clothing that accommodates a larger bust size. Surgical intervention provides individuals with a more proportionate and manageable breast size, making shopping for clothing more enjoyable.

Limitation In Physical Activities

Engaging in physical activities such as exercise or sports can be challenging with large breasts. Reduction mammaplasty surgery can enable individuals to participate more comfortably in a variety of physical activities.

When You Want A Different Look

Your aesthetic preferences are important and a valid reason to consider breast reduction surgery. This procedure creates a more proportionate and balanced contour, resulting in a more appealing and natural appearance.

Breast reduction surgery can also be combined with an augmentation, lift or liposuction for an enhanced result.

Confident woman in the city

When You Decide It’s Time

Breast reduction surgery is a personal decision that is often based on a combination of physical, emotional and aesthetic considerations. If you experience chronic pain, emotional distress or limitations in your daily activities due to large breasts, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon can provide valuable insights and guidance on whether this procedure is an appropriate solution for you.


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About The Author

Jeffrey Donaldson, MD is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. He specializes in a variety of surgical procedures involving the breasts, including breast reduction surgery and breast augmentation. Dr. Donaldson believes that education is a crucial part of the decision-making process and aims to provide accurate, accessible information for patients everywhere. His compassionate approach and unique attention to detail have made him one of the most sought-after surgeons throughout the Midwest.

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