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Health Benefits of a Breast Reduction

Posted on March 11, 2015 by: Dr. Rocheford

Breast reduction When it comes to popular surgical procedures for breasts, many people immediately think of breast augmentation – the procedure that’s performed to enlarge the breasts.  However, breast reduction has grown in popularity, with this procedure growing in size and demand for the third year in a row.

But why has it grown in popularity?  Just what are some of the health benefits of a breast reduction procedure?

As it turns out, there are several – and not all of them are just physical.  Here are the surprising health benefits that can be achieved via a breast reduction:

  • If you’ve experienced any upper back, neck, or shoulder pain as a result of larger breasts, a breast reduction can help you feel like yourself again. The sheer weight and volume of larger breasts can cause chronic stress to the spine, which may cause the patient to stoop or hunch over in compensation.  This can further exacerbate existing back problems, as well as lead to new issues with compressed spinal discs, headaches, and chronic fatigue. By reducing the size of the breasts, the patient can eliminate these physical discomforts from her life.
  • Many women feel that their large breasts prevent them from living life to the fullest. They feel too physically uncomfortable for many activities, which may make it hard for them to enjoy active pursuits.  By reducing the size of the breasts, many women report feeling as though they can enjoy normal activities without feeling self-conscious about the size of their breasts.  From going to the gym to dancing, a breast reduction can help make women feel “free” from the limitations of larger breasts.
  • Many patients report feeling far more confident after experiencing a breast reduction. In fact, they may feel more confident to pursue activities and events that they may have not done with larger breasts, like going to the beach or going on dates.

Each woman experiences a different outcome with her breast reduction; however, an overwhelming number of women indicate complete satisfaction with their results.

If you’d like to learn more about a breast reduction procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at her plastic surgery practice in Woodbury, MN (also serving Minneapolis and St. Paul) by calling 651-968-1294.  As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rocheford can determine your viability for a breast reduction procedure.

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