Although many patients are already aware of the cosmetic reasons people seek out breast reduction, they may not know about breast reduction health benefits. At Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute, our team meets with many patients who consider having breast reduction surgery as a way of achieving smaller breasts that are more in proportion with their body—and who are happy to learn that there’s even more to love about their results.

During breast reduction surgery, breast fat, tissue, and skin can be removed as a way of reducing the size of the breasts. This surgery can make breasts smaller and lighter while also improving their shape. From a cosmetic perspective, altering the appearance of the breasts often gives patients a boost to their self-image. From a functional standpoint, the surgery is ideal for addressing a wide range of problems caused by what are essentially heavy weights that constantly pull down on the chest and body.

There are many issues breast reduction can help to resolve, including:

  • Chronic pain in the neck, back, and shoulders
  • Shoulder grooves from bra straps
  • Numbness and tingling in the upper extremities
  • Headaches
  • Nerve pain
  • Chronic rashes or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Inability to take part in certain physical activities due to interference from the breasts

The size of a person’s breasts is mainly determined by genetics and hormones. Some of the main factors that contribute to breast size are puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and medications. Weight fluctuations also have an impact on your breasts—but sometimes even when you lose weight, your breasts will remain large.

When it comes to patient satisfaction, breast reduction is one of the highest-rated procedures. Excess weight from large breasts can cause physical discomfort while also restricting a person’s ability to lead an active life. Many patients find that a breast reduction offers relief from multiple symptoms by reducing the weight of the breasts and lifting the breasts higher on the chest. By repositioning the breasts and decreasing their weight, a breast reduction can also help a patient achieve better posture.

Want to know more about the potential health benefits of breast reduction? Contact the team at Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute for more details. Call 615.932.7700, or fill out a contact form to request a consultation if you’re interested in learning more.