Large, heavy breasts can lead to a wealth of health problems. A breast reduction often alleviates the symptoms associated with macromastia—the medical term for large breasts. Macromastia can be asymptomatic or symptomatic, meaning you exhibit little to no symptoms or have many health concerns due to the size of your breasts. There are several reasons why breast reduction or another form of breast surgery is needed for women, and in some instances, men.
Three of the most common reasons for breast reduction include:
1. Chronic Physical Pain Related to Breast Size
Many women experience chronic pain due to the size of their breasts. This may prevent you from exercising, which can lead to obesity and disrupt your daily life. Painful symptoms of macromastia include:
- Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain
- Pain in your chest wall
- Poor posture
- Grooving in your shoulders due to bra straps
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling or numbness in your hands
- Sleep problems
2. Skin Rashes, Chafing and Infections
Large breasts can lead to several skin issues. Chafing occurs when the skin of your breasts rubs against your clothing or bra and may be caused by breast overflow as it’s difficult for big-breasted women to find the right bra size. Skin rashes are also heavily present among women with macromastia such as heat rash between or underneath the breasts.
However, the biggest skin problem associated with large breasts is “intertrigo” Intertrigo is caused by inflammation in folds of the body where chafing has prevented sweat from evaporating and given way for infection—which can be fungal, viral or bacterial. The damp and warm area beneath the breasts allows for bacteria or yeast on the skin to multiply and become infected, which causes skin breakage, rash spreading and in some cases, bleeding.
A breast reduction can alleviate the rashes, chafing and infections due to large breasts.
Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. Male breast reduction to treat this condition is common and can be done through liposuction or by removing breast tissue. Gynecomastia can be caused by certain medications, hormonal changes, obesity and other factors. Enlarged male breasts typically go away after several months, but a breast reduction is an option for persistent gynecomastia, especially if it has caused severe sensitivity.
If you’re interested in a breast reduction, please contact our plastic surgeon in Maryland today at (301) 567-6767 to schedule your consultation. Bella Cosmetic Surgery serves clients in Maryland, Washington DC and Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia.