Are my breasts too big for my body type?

Are my breasts too big for my body type?

02nd Aug 2018

Breasts that are too big for your body type can cause real discomforts such as back pain, inconvenience during sports, difficulties in performing certain movements, constraints in choosing clothes and lingerie. Big breasts are also more prone to early sagginess. Due to their weight and aging, breasts can start sagging and become unsightly. Correcting breasts that are too big for your body type p is essential for your health and emotional condition, and a breast reduction can be the solution to your problems.

What is a breast reduction and what does it do?

Breast reduction is a surgery that reduces breast volume. Large breasts are usually associated with mammary ptosis and sometimes with a degree of asymmetry. Mammary hypertrophy can occur during puberty, pregnancy, the natural aging process, or after weight fluctuations. Often, this imperfection involves a noticeable psychological impact, but especially physical and functional (back, neck and shoulder pain associated with difficulties in performing sports activities).

Breast plastic surgery proposes to overcome these drawbacks by reducing the volume of breasts that are too large, by treating breast asymmetries at the same time and by correcting the relaxation of the skin when the weight of the breast has led to its collapse.

Patients can find an aesthetic harmony when the breasts are proportionate with the rest of the body, something that might they might have been missing all their lives. After the procedure, the breasts are smaller, symmetrical, curved, but also firmer thanks to the lifting effect of the intervention. It is important to know that in some cases, the reduction will be on the volume of the breasts. Hence the bra cup size will change as well.

A woman can tell her breasts are too big if she is confronted with one or more of these conditions:

• Breasts that are too bulky compared to her body and not proportional with her morphology;

• Sagging and heavy breasts with low nipples or nipples facing downwards;

• Back, neck, or shoulder pain because of the weight of her breasts;

• Chronic skin irritation at the level of the inframammary fold;

• One breast larger than the other in a visible way.

As breast development is usually completed before the woman is 18 years old, corrective surgery can be considered after this age. More than the age of the patient, it is important for her not to have any medical contraindications for the procedure.

Before, during, and after the breast reduction procedure

Classically, breast reduction surgery requires general anesthesia during which you sleep completely. It is therefore essential to fast (do not eat or drink) six to eight hours before surgery. A 24-hour hospitalization is usually sufficient.

It is advisable to consult with your plastic surgeon 1 to 2 times before undergoing the breast reduction procedure. The first consultation with the practitioner makes it possible to establish the patient’s needs as well as the medical and surgical history in order to rule out any contraindications such as a coagulation disorder or anemia. Subsequently, a medical examination analyzes the area to be treated, such as:

• The type of mammary gland as well as the thickness and width of your bust to evaluate the volume best suited to your silhouette.

• The type of chest desired according to the morphology and the demand. It should be noted that for optimum stability of the shape and size of the breast over the years, a cup C is recommended (or even a cup B, depending on the case). This important point should be established during the first consultation with the plastic surgeon.

• The bra size that can be worn once the result is stabilized.

The surgeon should also explain in detail the operative steps: the surgical techniques used for breast reduction, the position and potential evolution of scars, the type of anesthesia, risks, and potential complications that might occur.

At the end of the consultation, a detailed cost estimate and an informed consent form are given to the patient. In addition to the usual preoperative examinations, a radiological assessment of the breast is prescribed (mammography or ultrasound). It is essential to undergo all tests and examinations recommended by the plastic surgeon as their purpose is to determine whether you have pre-existing conditions that might make you not eligible for the surgery. In the wake of the surgery, the anesthetist will be seen for a consultation no later than 48 hours before surgery.

It takes between one and a half to two hours of intervention according to the surgeon’s skills and experience and the complexity of the hypertrophy. Each surgeon adopts a technique of his own and adapts it on a case-by-case basis to obtain the best results.

The principle of breast reduction removes the excess gland, fat tissue and excess skin from the breasts but maintains a harmonious volume according to the desire of the patient and in accordance with its silhouette. This residual breast volume is enhanced, concentrated, and reshaped.

A reduction of the breast is always accompanied by a correction of breast ptosis (an elevation of the breasts on the chest wall). Effectively, once the excess mammary gland has been removed, a breast remodeling is necessary. The remaining mammary gland is ascended, concentrated, and the surplus skin is removed. The decrease in breast size is therefore associated with a breast lift. The nipple is also elevated (and most often decreased in size) to be positioned in a more natural placement. The breast is then firmer and more curved.


If you have constant neck, shoulder and back pain due to the volume of the breasts, then they might be too big for your body type. The procedure used to correct this aesthetic imperfection which also causes functionality issues is breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction allows to reduce and raise the breast by decreasing the breasts one to two sizes or even more according to the wishes and whatever the initial size of the cup.

Beyond aesthetic improvement, this intervention generally has a favorable impact on the psychological state but also on the inconveniences of everyday life, such as the practice of sports and the possibilities of clothing. The results are notable and immediate, but it will be necessary to wait a few months or even a year (end of the process of skin healing) to appreciate the final result.

This surgical procedure does not alter the natural appearance of the breasts and does not increase the risk of cancer. The breasts will continue to react to changes in weight or hormonal changes after the operation.

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