Very large breasts can certainly have an impact on our daily lives. Oftentimes, having large breasts can significantly inhibit your ability to exercise or engage in sports. Furthermore, having very large breasts can contribute significantly to worsening neck, back and shoulder pain. As the weight of the breasts pulls on your upper torso, your spine and back muscles can be stressed, which creates a significant imbalance when standing, walking, jogging or running. This imbalance can lead to chronic discomfort, pain or injury.
One of the most gratifying procedures for women who suffer from large breasts is breast reduction. Utilizing a “lollipop” shaped or “anchor” shaped incision, breast tissue is removed. The tissue remaining is then reshaped to form a more youthful and balanced position while the nipple is repositioned to rest in a more proportioned location. Liposuction can also be performed to remove excess fat deposits around the bra line or armpit. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and may require 3 to 4 weeks of recovery. If the size of your breasts is contributing to significant neck or back discomfort, most insurance carriers will consider the procedure as a covered benefit on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Pacella and his staff can assist you and work with your insurance carrier to determine if breast reduction is right for you.