Breast Reduction as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle Strategy

Published on August 13, 2019

Breast Reduction as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle Strategy

By Dr. Alan Stephens, plastic surgeon at Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists

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Many women with excessively large breasts experience daily pain and symptoms, like:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Skin problems

These seemingly small problems can actually limit both physical and lifestyle activities. Breast reduction surgery can reduce these issues and help women live a more comfortable, confident life.

  • Activity limitations

Aside from pain, excessively large breasts can make it hard to do certain activities. There can be limitations when running, jumping or stretching. Regular activities at home and work can also be difficult.

  • Self-image and confidence

Some women considering breast reduction have lower self-esteem. This comes from negative comments from others. Frustration with clothing choices can also motivate some women to get a breast reduction.

Post-surgery, breast reduction patients rank among the happiest in a plastic surgery practice. “They simply feel better about themselves,” explains Dr. Alan Stephens of Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists. “Body pain and skin symptoms improve in most patients after surgery. This gives them opportunities to make healthier lifestyle choices,” he continues. “Many of my patients express to me that ‘I wish I had done this sooner.’”.

Getting a breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery is often performed on an outpatient basis. Patients can be discharged after a few hours. It is possible for patients to return to light work 1-2 weeks after surgery, and more strenuous activities in 4-6 weeks.

Most insurance companies cover breast reduction if it is medically necessary to reduce pain. Insurance approval policies are different among carriers. Most require written documentation from a plastic surgeon. Some insist on a specific course of treatment like physical therapy after surgery.

The results

When deciding to get a breast reduction, patients can select the new cup size desired. Patients can expect to decrease several cup sizes after the operation and have breasts that sag much less.

Scars are permanent and breast sensitivity can change. Complications are rare and minor. Younger patients need to be aware that breast-feeding may not be possible after the surgery. Also, no two breasts are the same, even after an operation.

Overall, breast reduction can improve the quality of life for women with excessively large breasts. For women experiencing physical symptoms of large breasts, surgery can be an important part of a creating healthier, happier lifestyle. To learn more, visit If you’re considering a breast reduction, contact your primary care provider for a referral to Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists.