Breast reduction to get rid of back and neck pain

Breast reduction to get rid of back and neck pain

10th Sep 2017

Overly large breasts are not only aesthetically unappealing in women; they are also physically discomforting. Women with very large breasts often experience back and neck pain. While the upper section of the spine (which provides support to the upper body) is highly robust, it cannot sustain the weight of overly developed breasts. This leads to increased tension on the muscles and ligaments, causing back and neck pain and other discomforts.

In severe conditions, extremely large breasts can cause severe back and neck pain that may not disappear without proper treatment. Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure that decreases the size and weight of the breasts by removing surplus fat, glandular tissue and skin. As a result, the breasts will lose weight and relieve the patient of back and neck pain.

How do large breasts cause neck and back pain?

Extremely large breasts put additional weight and pressure on the chest. Since the natural makeup and strength of the muscles, tissues, and ligaments in the shoulder and back are developed to sustain a certain degree of weight and pressure, added weight on the chest increases the strain on the neck and back. This can trigger pain and discomfort for the patient.

Not all women desire to have very large breasts. They are less inclined to be in an upright posture, adding more pressure to the back and neck and causing more pain. Patients who have larger breasts also have a tendency to wear tight or smaller bras to hide their breasts. The bra straps press against the skin, increasing pain and discomfort.


What does research say?

Research says that overly large breasts have the tendency to trigger a chain reaction of painful indicators, as the human body naturally counterbalances abnormal weight in one area of the body by shifting the weight to other parts. In this context, overly large breasts shift the weight from the front to the back, increasing the pressure on the spine, ligaments, muscles, and tissue.

Breast reduction can ease back and neck pain

Breast reduction surgery is a quick and effective treatment to get rid of back and neck pain. In 2009, a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) conference showed that women who underwent breast reduction surgery experienced a substantial decrease in back and neck pain.

Women who underwent the procedure had less pressure on the spine and neck, consequently decreasing the pain and enabling the patients to engage in more physical activities. The women also experienced noticeable improvements in their posture and dynamic movements.

While diet, exercise, and other methods may help decrease discomfort, the improvement is temporary in most cases. Breast reduction surgery is the only method to get rid of back and neck pain permanently. However, before undergoing breast reduction it is important to make sure that the pain is actually caused by overly developed breasts.

During initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, taking measurements of the size and their approximate weight, in addition to evaluating other dimensions. This will determine the cause of the pain and the only time the surgeon can recommend breast reduction surgery.

But how exactly does breast reduction get rid of the discomforts associated with very large breasts? By removing surplus fat, skin, and glandular tissue, the weight of your breasts will consequently decrease. If your breasts have more fatty tissue, liposuction may be used to remove the extra fat.

Why you should undergo breast reduction

Unlike other methods, breast reduction delivers permanent results. Not only can it enhance the aesthetic appearance of your breasts and make your overall figure appealing, it can also lessen or completely eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with big breasts.

Getting rid of overly large breasts will boost self-confidence, allowing the patient to wear more clothes. Engaging in healthy activities like swimming and sports will also come easier to women who undergo breast reduction.


Breast reduction is a major operation and requires the patient to be under general anesthesia. Just like any surgery, there are a number of side effects, risks, and potential complications associated with breast reduction. These include excessive bleeding, infection, seroma, hematoma, blood clotting, change in or loss of breast sensation, and nerve damage.

Scarring is unavoidable, although the scars will fade over time. Loss of breastfeeding capability and asymmetrical nipples or breasts are also possible complications that may arise after the surgery.



After the procedure, your breasts will decrease in size, volume, and weight. Neck and back pain will disappear and you will be able to move around more easily, boosting self-esteem and productivity.

The effects of breast reduction are permanent. In order to get better results and decrease the risks and complications, make sure that the procedure is performed only a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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