How breast reduction alleviates localized body pain

How breast reduction alleviates localized body pain

14th Oct 2019



Large breasts in modern society trigger both positive and negative opinions. However, when the breasts become overly large, it can create both health and aesthetic problems for the patient. When the breasts become huge, they create many problems for the patient, such as localized body pain. Women with overly large breasts often experience pain in the shoulder, back, and neck. Huge breasts also affect your mobility and posture, besides affecting your self-esteem.

Breast reduction surgery can effectively treat excessively large breasts and alleviate localized body pain. It does so by removing the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts. The breasts can become huge at any point in your life, particularly when you have a genetic tendency for the development of huge breasts, gain massive weight, or use certain medicines like corticosteroids. Many women don’t seek treatment for the condition, which makes them suffer for years due to the chronic pain the breasts cause.  


Link between excessively large breasts and localized body pain

Having overly large breasts puts pressure and strain on different ligaments and muscles in your body, particularly the chest, shoulders, neck, and back. The extra weight of the enormous breasts trigger pressure and strain, hence causing pain. Devoid of getting sufficient support from the nearby muscles and tissues, extra large breasts can trigger pain in different parts of the female body and make it hard for her to keep her posture and be active and mobile. It can even lead to spinal malformation. 

Furthermore, being image-conscious about huge breasts affects the emotional health of the patient, in addition to making them tilt forward in an attempt to camouflage their large breasts. When they do this, it can make the localized body pain worse. When the breasts become huge, they not only create chronic pain in localized areas of the body but also trigger pain resulting from the bra straps that dig into the skin. It also limits their physical movements and social life.


Back pain and breast size: Research findings

Many studies have investigated the linkage between localized body pain and breast size, and those studies have found a close relationship between the two. Studies have revealed that when the breasts become large and cross a certain threshold, they can trigger a series of painful symptoms. This happens because different areas of the body counterweigh for the atypical size and weight of the breasts by shifting the pressure from one area to the other. 



Excessively large breasts can trigger many physical problems because of their excess weight. The common symptoms of huge breasts include the following:

– Localized body pain: The excess weight of large breasts can trigger pain in your neck, shoulder, and back. Furthermore, you may even experience pain in the breasts due to its excess size and weight. The weight of the breasts will apply pressure and strain on the breast muscles, which leads to pain. The pain in the neck, shoulder, and back is due to the tension applied by the breasts’ weight on the ligaments and muscles in these localized body areas. 

– Rashes and infections: When the breasts continuously grow and cross a specific threshold, it can lead to rashes under the breast due to the trapped heat and moisture under the breasts. When this continues for a longer time, it can lead to infection as well. The infection can also trigger pain in the breasts. 

– Shoulder grooves: Bras also come with a limit when it comes to how much weight they can support. Excessively large breasts come with extra weight that many bras fail to support. As such, the condition can trigger the development of grooves in the shoulders where the bra straps are situated. Even though bras with large straps may provide some relief, they cannot remove the shoulder grooves. 

– Numbness in the breasts: Many women complain that enormous breasts cause their breasts to become numb. Furthermore, others report experiencing numbness in different areas of the upper body, specifically the arms and hands. This numbness in different parts of the body occurs because the excess weight of the beasts applies strain on the nerves located in the skin. 

– Difficulty when exercising: When the breasts become overly large, they affect your physical activities, making it difficult to do exercise, run the household chores, and even lift your kids. When you are not physically active, it can lead to many health problems. 

– Shortness of breath and headache: Another major issue that many women with overly large breasts experience is shortness of breath. Some women also report having headache and migraine due to excessively large breasts. 

– Inability to maintain a proper posture: When huge breasts create pain in localized areas of the body, the patient fails to maintain a correct position. When you maintain poor posture, it can even make the pain worse in those areas. While there are support garments available to help you maintain a good posture, they are too expensive, and there is no guarantee they can work for everyone. Also, they can create breathing problems for you. 


How can breast reduction surgery help?

If you have huge beasts and the condition has led to pain in different areas of your body like the neck, shoulder, and back, or if you are experiencing any of the above-discussed symptoms, you may consider getting breast reduction surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon can best tell you whether breast reduction can help alleviate the localized body pain.

During the consultation session, the plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and take a precise measurement of your breasts to determine whether they are excessively large. He will also ask you what problems you are experiencing due to the overly large size of your breasts. Be sure to tell him about the localized body pain and any emotional pain you might be going through.

The plastic surgeon will then assess your health history to make sure you are in good health. Keep in mind that breast reduction surgery is a significant and invasive procedure. It entails risks, which is why you must be in good health to qualify. The doctor will also inquire about your expectations from the surgery. Based on the findings during the consultation, the surgeon will tell you whether you are a good candidate.

Breast reduction is usually an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. After the anesthesia is administered, the surgeon will begin by placing incisions on the breasts. The size and type of incision depend on how large your breasts are and to what extent they need to be reduced. The surgeon will then access the underlying glandular tissues through the incisions and then excise the excess glands that make your breasts large.

Once the excess glands are removed, the doctor will remove the excess fat from the breasts that is yet another leading cause of the huge breasts and hence the localized body pain. If needed, liposuction can also be used to remove the excess fat from the breasts. Once the excess fat is removed, the breasts will be left with excess skin. To prevent sagging, the plastic surgeon will carefully remove the excess skin from the breasts and then suture and close the incisions. 

In case the plastic surgeon determines that the leading cause of the huge breasts is only excess fat, then liposuction alone can be used to treat the condition. Liposuction of the breasts is not highly invasive. It involves tiny incisions and the use of a tiny tube called a cannula to remove the excess fat from the breasts.

Your recovery will begin right after the procedure and continue for many weeks. The first two weeks following the operation are critical. During this time, you must avoid work and instead focus on resting and recovering. Complete recovery can take six weeks. You will feel an improvement in localized body pain right after the procedure; however, full results will gradually transpire over the next few weeks and months. Once the results emerge, your breasts will look smaller and the pain linked with having huge breasts will subside or decrease to a greater extent. 



Many women desire to get bigger breasts because they look beautiful, aesthetically welcoming, and underscore their feminine features. However, there is a limit to how much enhancement is desirable for the female breasts. When the breasts become large beyond that limit, they can lead to medical problems like pain in localized areas of the body like the neck, back, and shoulder. Breast reduction surgery has an impressive history of alleviating the pain linked with having huge breasts. It decreases the size and weight of the breasts by removing the excess glandular tissue and fat from them.  In this article, I have explained in detail as to how breast reduction helps alleviate localized body pain resulting from excessively large breasts. 


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