You might feel like your own body is against you. Every day comes with a persistent ache in your back, and you believe the perpetrators of this crime are located on your front.
To just say that “large breasts can cause back pain” and leaving it at that is somewhat oversimplifying the matter. Breast size and weight can contribute to ongoing pain in several ways, as well as contribute to other forms of pain. And, in some cases, your breasts might not be the direct cause of the problem!
Having a better understanding of what might be going on between your breasts and back can help you make a more fully informed decision when it comes to matters of breast reduction or breast augmentation. We are more than happy to help you determine the best path for you!
When Breasts Bring Backaches
The size and weight of large breasts in themselves are not an instant ticket to pain. It also depends on the body’s ability to support that weight properly. The neck, spine, shoulders, and back all play important roles in providing the right frame to carry oneself without pain.
There are two common points in life where this balance between size and support can be thrown off (although not all situations are limited to these two factors):
- A younger woman develops large breasts around the time of puberty. Since the surrounding bones and muscles may still be in development themselves, they were unable to fully adjust to these new circumstances.
- An older woman finds her breasts have grown after having children, but never returned to their normal size. Body structures can have difficulty adjusting to this situation as well.
Posture is a very important part of maintaining proper support and comfort. However, not having your neck and back muscles up to the challenge due to time or developmental problems can make such posture much more challenging to maintain. If you are self-conscious about your chest size, you may also hunch forward in an attempt to conceal your figure without realizing it, adding to the problem.
Many women might recognize their support problem. They wish to strengthen and condition their bodies through exercise, but find it a more cumbersome task to perform with large breasts. Making these efforts pay off can very much be an uphill battle!
But that’s Not the Only Bother!
Aching backs tend to be the primary focus of large breast woes, but the strain on the head and upper body can have other impacts as well. Additional problems may include:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Chest wall pain
- Shortness of breath
- Disturbances in sleep
Then there can be more external complications that arise: finding tops and bras that fit, or the previously mentioned self-consciousness. If these are matters that cause you discomfort or distress, they are far from trivial!
Should You Consider a Breast Reduction?
If you are experiencing such physical symptoms as those mentioned above, it is important to know the root of the problem before deciding to take further action. If the symptoms are being caused by large breasts (you may also hear it as the medical term “macromastia”), the diagnosis tends to be rather clear to make.
If the problem is entirely physical, it does not necessarily mean you must undergo a breast reduction. Non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and a change in support bras may provide you the relief you need without undergoing surgery.
Sometimes, however, there are cases in which non-surgical attempts don’t provide any of the relief you are looking for. And if the size of your breasts is having a negative impact on your self-esteem, self-image, or general emotional well-being, conservative treatments may not help.
If you are considering a breast reduction surgery, Dr. Learn would love the opportunity to have a consultation with you. No surgical procedure should be taken lightly, and Dr. Learn can discuss with you all the pros and cons of undergoing a procedure, as well as what additional personal benefits or detriments it might have for you.
In general, a breast reduction procedure is performed under general anesthesia and lasts from 2-4 hours. The smallest possible incisions are made to prevent scarring, then excess fat, breast tissue, and skin are removed. Some liposuction might also be performed, depending on the circumstances. Reshaping of the breasts and relocation of the nipples and areolas might also be necessary.
You will need to wear a special surgical bra during recovery, and might also need to have a small drainage tube. There will be some pain and discomfort for the first few days, but this gradually lessens. In most cases, patients return to their everyday lives within a few weeks.
Breast reduction surgery doesn’t come without some of its own temporary challenges. But for many women, the elimination of pains and the increase in self-image make the procedure more than worth it.
A Better Future for Your Back, A Better Back for Your Future!
If a breast reduction surgery is the route you decide to take, we will fully support you before, during, and after your procedure.
Making the decision to lessen strain on your body now can also be much more empowering for your future, reducing your odds of chronic pain and increasing your ability to be active.
Call our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 380-8411 and we will be happy to schedule a consultation with you. If you prefer to contact us electronically, you may do so through our online contact form.