Over the last decade or so, breast reduction surgeries have increased by 157%, according to The Aesthetic Society. We’ve seen a rise in breast reduction at our own plastic surgery practice in the Baton Rouge area, too.
Why are breast reduction surgeries increasing?
It seems as though you only hear stories of people getting breast lifts or breast augmentations to increase their bust size, so why is there a sudden jump in breast reductions?
Some studies suggest that girls reaching puberty earlier and the childhood obesity epidemic both affect breast size. Another environmental factor that has only come to fruition within the last couple of decades is the increase in environmental estrogens, known as xenoestrogens. With the influx of chemicals, pesticides, plastics, and animals given growth hormones, these hormones mimic the in-vivo hormones our bodies naturally produce, and as a result, increase breast size.
Surgeons suggest the rise of breast reduction surgeries may simply be because the surgeries are becoming easier to perform. In the past, the surgery lasted 4 hours and the patient was hospitalized for 24 hours; today, the surgery and recovery are completed within 4 hours.
What are the signs you need a breast reduction?
Women choose breast reduction for different reasons. Whether it be for beauty reasons or health concerns, oversized breasts are linked to many health problems, agony, and discomfort. Below we feature the top three signs to consider a breast reduction.
You experience pain – One of the biggest signs you may need a breast reduction is if you experience pain in your back, neck, or shoulders, as detailed in The Atlantic. Breasts are composed of mostly fatty tissue and are heavy, so if you’re smaller framed or your breasts are unusually large, this creates physical complications for women, and they only worsen over time.
Heavy breasts not only succumb to premature sagging but if you notice persistent bra indentations in your trapezius region, this is an indication that you could benefit from surgery. We sometimes combine breast reduction with a breast lift, not only to make breasts smaller but also to elevate the remaining sagging tissue. You can see some of our surgeons’ results in our patients’ breast reduction before-and-after photos.
If your breasts are too heavy for your frame, you may also experience migraine headaches, shortness of breath, and nerve tingling in your arms from the weight being spread out on nerves beneath the collarbone.
Your breasts inhibit you from activity – Large breasts cause discomfort, and much of it may hinder an active lifestyle. If you find yourself having trouble running, doing yoga, or swimming because of the lack of support from bras, this may also indicate a reduction is needed. A woman shouldn’t have to wear multiple sports bras to be able to exercise, and at times, can make it more trouble than what it’s worth.
It’s an inconvenience finding clothes that fit – An opportunity for the fashion industry is creating clothes for all types of bodies because many clothing items either do not fit well or look good on women with large breasts. There are specialty clothing companies that cater to large breasts; however, they’re often twice as expensive compared to standard clothing companies. Not everyone has access to these companies, so a reduction would be pertinent in this situation.
Do you need a breast reduction?
If you connect with the above signs and are considering a reduction, be sure to select a board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure. As we discuss in this related blog post, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon ensures you are in the hands of someone who can deliver exceptional results. If you’re seeking a breast reduction in the Baton Rouge area, contact Weiler Plastic Surgery for doctors you can trust using our online form or call us at (225) 399-0001.
Published 11/1/2017; Updated 11/3/2020