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Can Breast Reduction Help Lower Back Pain?

can breast reduction help lower back pain

Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

Many women suffer from lower back pain brought on by the excess weight created by large breasts. Breast reduction surgery can offer patients enormous relief from back pain by removing the excess breast tissue, reducing the burden placed on the spine and surrounding muscles. 

This can leave patients feeling lighter in movement and free from the chronic discomfort that heavy, cumbersome breasts can bring. 

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of breast reduction surgery in treating lower back pain so that you’re best informed to decide whether this procedure is right for you.

Why Large Breasts Cause Back Pain

Large breasts sometimes weigh over 3 kg each, a burden that can cause immense forward pressure on the spine. As a result, it is common for women with heavy, drooping breasts to develop a curvature in the spinal column, generating a forward stoop that produces pains in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. 

The heavier the breasts, the larger the pressure on the spine, causing stabilising muscles surrounding it to work extra hard to compensate for the distorted posture. This can present other new and troubling muscular pains.

Breast Reduction for Back Pain

Choosing a breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty is often an extremely effective solution to the back pain associated with larger breasts. A bespoke surgical solution to reduce the size of the breasts comes with an array of aesthetic and medical benefits suited to your equally individualised needs.

Benefits

The many benefits of breast reduction surgery relate to both function and aesthetics. The physical consequences of overly large breasts are innumerable. 

  • The extra weight can pull the chest downwards, creating poor posture
  • Excess pressure placed on the spine causes stabilising muscles to overwork, leading to chronic back pain
  • Uncomfortably heavy breasts can impede exercise, making an active lifestyle more difficult

Relief from this roll call of symptoms can provide a significant boost to your quality of life.

Also, improving the appearance of your breasts is often one of the most important benefits of a breast reduction operation, and an experienced specialist surgeon will ensure that aesthetic considerations are given careful thought during the planning stages.

Cost

In general, the cost of breast reduction surgery at the CREO clinic in London starts from £8,900, although this figure can vary depending on the patient’s surgical needs. After a personal consultation with Dr. Tillo, a more accurate price can be determined.

Procedure

There are different techniques used in breast reduction, but all are carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you are asleep during the surgery. Which techniques are used depends on your breasts, and this is decided in collaboration with your surgeon during the consultation process.

In the case that a smaller breast reduction is required, a more minimal surgical approach may be appropriate. For patients requiring larger reductions, you and your surgeon may decide that a more extensive approach will better suit your needs.

Recovery

In the weeks following your surgery, you may experience side effects such as swelling and tenderness around the chest. After this initial 2 to 3-week period, the swelling will begin to fade, and you can return to your daily routine without any issues.

It is possible you are asked to avoid heavy lifting or taxing physical exercise for up to 6 weeks after the operation, although this time frame depends on how quickly your wounds heal.

Results

In the early stages of recovery from the surgery, you may experience some tightness, and your breasts may appear higher than you imagined. This is because the postoperative swelling takes a few months to completely subside, after which the breasts settle into their final, more natural-looking position.

Other Benefits of Breast Reduction

Aside from creating a more aesthetically pleasing chest and easing associated pain in the lower back, neck, and shoulders, breast reduction surgery can have a variety of benefits in the long term. It’s vital to take a holistic view of your surgery in order to get a clear, informed vision of its potential benefits for your body:

Breast reduction can open up the possibility of taking part in new sports and hobbies, leading to a more active lifestyle and better cardiovascular fitness.

Having larger breasts can prevent you from finding comfortable positions when trying to get to sleep. A reduction in breast size means less obstruction and better sleep in general. 

Smaller breasts may reduce the risk of chafing against clothing, lowering your chances of skin inflammation such as intertrigo.

Is Breast Reduction Worth It?

Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates, frequently leading to a noticeable improvement in quality of life and significant relief from any back pain they had been experiencing. 

Even so, it is a big decision, and in order to achieve the best possible outcome, it’s important to choose a qualified, attentive surgeon who listens to your needs and creates a treatment plan tailored to your requirements. 

Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today

If you’re interested in breast reduction surgery, you can book in now with the CREO Clinic’s experienced, double-board certified surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo.

Dr. Tillo will work alongside you to create a treatment plan designed to meet your needs, using his extensive experience to ensure that you achieve your desired results and feel the full transformative benefits of your breast reduction.

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