The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that there were over 68,000 breast reductions performed in the United States in 2015. This procedure is designed to remove excess weight and volume from the breasts, and it works equally well for both men and women. In fact, 40 percent of all reductions done in 2015 were performed on men suffering from gynecomastia, a condition that causes excess breast tissue formation. While the procedure can be performed on almost anyone suffering from extra breast tissue, there are some common reasons for why people choose to have a breast reduction.
You Suffer from Back Pain
Back pain is extremely common, and it can be difficult to ascertain the exact cause. If your general practitioner has advised you that your spine is healthy and you have already tried physical therapy, exercise and other non-invasive methods, a breast reduction may be just the solution you need for your back to feel better. This is especially true if you notice that wearing a supportive bra or binding your chest alleviates the pain.
You’re Having Skin Issues
Those with large breasts may experience sores under the creases of the breasts. Women who wear bras to contain the flesh may also note soreness, chapping or skin breakdown on their shoulders or along the skin where the bra band sits. Some people also experience stretch marks from breast growth. Men with large breasts may notice skin irritation where flesh rubs against clothing or sports equipment not made to accommodate breast size, such as chest protectors and shoulder pads. If your skin is causing you discomfort, a reduction could help to resolve the issue permanently.
Your Self-Esteem and Confidence Are Suffering
While some women take a lot of pride in their large busts, others may feel uncomfortable or objectified by unwanted attention due to their breast size. Some women also feel that overly large breasts may make them appear unbalanced or top-heavy. Men with gynecomastia may be too embarrassed to be seen shirtless at the gym or pool. Both sexes may find their breast size holds them back, personally or professionally. A breast reduction can help to give you back your confidence and self-esteem.
Is a Breast Reduction Right for You?
Deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is a big step, but it can be rewarding and self-affirming to consider. If you have any questions or would like to know more information about a breast reduction, schedule a consultation at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa in Naperville. We’d be happy to discuss your case and advise you of all of your treatment options. Contact us today to book your appointment!