Are you a big-breasted babe? Now, that question might mean something different to you than to the rest of us. Perhaps what we’re really asking is: Were you the girl in school who looked 25 at 14? Do you feel someone’s struggle to look you in the eyes? Are you always strapped into a minimizer bra, and have you written off certain styles of clothing, swimsuits and forgone exercise—all because your boobs are so damn big?
We feel you.
If you want nothing more than to be a full B cup as you battle with your inch wide bra strap that digs deep into your shoulders, you aren’t alone. Every year, more than a million women undergo breast reduction surgery. It’s no wonder, really, Now that you’re an adult and you can make decisions about your wellbeing, health and quality of life, there is no need to suffer in pain. You deserve to feel comfortable and thrive in your body, shoulders back, head held high.
Considering a breast reduction? Here’s what the experts say you need to know.
WHY YOU MAY WANT A BREAST REDUCTION
The biggest gripe amongst large breasted women is discomfort and pain. It’s a real issue. It’s simple gravity. When you have a smaller frame with larger breasts, the weight adds pressure to the spinal column. This can result in poor posture and spinal bending and even herniated or slipped discs. It’s more than just appearance; it’s about skeletal structure.
If you’re nodding in agreement and are scouring the internet researching more comfortable chairs, pillows, bras and even breast reduction surgery, here’s what to know.
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE A BREAST REDUCTION
1. Identify symptoms.
If you have a history of symptoms such as neck, shoulder and back pain, tingling or numbness in hands and fingers, plus rashes and deep irritating marks due to bra straps, even migraine headaches, breast reduction will bring you much needed relief.
2. Track symptoms.
It’s important to document your symptoms with photos so you can demonstrate why you are considering breast reduction. If you have visited with a chiropractor or general practitioner, ask them what they think of breast reduction. Get all the information you can before making a decision
3. Consult with a pro.
Make sure you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who has performed breast reductions and can clearly explain the procedure. Be very clear about the look you are going for. Consider your height, weight and overall frame. Some doctors are able to provide a computer rendering of what you will look like post procedure.
4. Exercise is your best friend!
After you fully heal, you can and should exercise. Many women have always wanted to run, swim, cycle but they refrained from doing so because their breasts were simply too big and uncomfortable. Once reduced, they are amazed at how much of a zest for fitness they have. One tip: You’ll need to strengthen your shoulders and back before you can really exercise well.
5. Expect a new you!
Friends, family and colleagues will take notice of your new appearance. So mentally prepare yourself to look dramatically different and be open to accepting compliments. It’s important to remain upbeat, optimistic and excited about this change. A fun thing to do is to create a vision board with the new clothes you’ll buy and the things you look forward to doing in your new body.
Dr. John Zannis is a North Carolina board-certified plastic surgeon and bestselling author. He performs all aspects of plastic surgery including cosmetic surgery of the face and body, complex reconstructive procedures of face and body, cleft lip and palate surgery, hand surgery, facial and jaw fracture repair, and reconstruction following massive weight loss.
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is an NYC based licensed neuropsychologist. She is a teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and clinical director of the Comprehend the Mind Institutes in Manhattan and Queens.