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The benefits of breast reduction

August 26, 2014, 12:25 am

breast-reduction-benefitsHow old were you when you first heard the phrase, “over the shoulder boulder holder?” Chances are you were an adolescent and first heard the saying when you or one of your girlfriends got your first bra. Some may have been embarrassed about this right of passage, while others may have been thrilled. However you felt about your first bra, hearing “over the shoulder boulder holder” likely brought up images of huge breasts that couldn’t possibly be comfortable and certainly wouldn’t look natural. Unfortunately, for some women, such images are reality. Overly large breasts may not only be out of proportion with the rest of your body, but they may be uncomfortable, even painful. Thankfully, breast reduction is an option.

The physical benefits of breast reduction

Breast reduction offers many benefits, just some of which are physical. By reducing the size of the breasts, women can experience a reduction in headaches, neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. Breast tissue tends to be heavy, and with the downward effects of gravity, can place a significant demand on the upper body. Overly large breasts may cause the upper body to be off-balance when compared to the lower body, thus the skeleton, muscles, and tendons must work harder to keep the body upright and balanced. A breast reduction can reduce excess strain on the rest of the body. In addition to reducing aches and pains, breast reduction helps many women breathe and sleep better.

Psychological benefits of breast reduction

By reducing the size of the breasts and bringing them into better proportion with the rest of the body, many women feel not only more physically comfortable, but also psychologically happier. Most women who undergo breast reduction surgery report reduced levels of depression and anxiety and increased self-esteem. They also typically spend less time having to endure uncomfortable stares from strangers, allowing them to free their minds from self-consciousness and instead to focus on enjoying life.

Lifestyle benefits of breast reduction

In addition to the physical and psychological benefits of breast reduction, women with overly large breasts also find that they experience positive changes to their everyday lifestyles. These changes also bolster the physical and psychological benefits. After breast reduction, many women feel more comfortable in their bodies and are able to move about more freely without worrying that their breasts may be in the way. Clothes fit better and exercise and moving in general become easier. After breast reduction surgery, going out to socialize and engage in public activities can become more enjoyable.

While your reasons for seeking a breast reduction are individual to your specific needs, one thing is certain: all women deserve to feel happy and comfortable in their bodies. If your breasts are causing you pain either physically or psychologically, call Kansas City Surgical Arts today at (816) 286-4126 to schedule a breast reduction consultation.