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Benefits of Breast Reduction: A Comprehensive Guide

By Dr. Charles J. Galanis

Benefits of Breast Reduction

A voluptuous figure is often desired. Big breasts have become a symbol of beauty that many women try to achieve. The number of breast augmentations performed annually is a testament to its popularity. However, sometimes a large bust can bring more negatives than positives.

From issues with posture, pain, and difficulty finding clothing that fits well, large breasts can bring a multitude of problems. Larger breasts can even begin to affect your quality of life.

If your breast size is causing physical symptoms like discomfort and chronic pain, then a breast reduction could improve your life quality.

What Is A Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery or a reduction mammoplasty, is an outpatient procedure performed to reduce the size and weight of overly large breasts. Breast reduction procedures involve removing excess breast tissue, excess fat, and skin to alleviate physical discomfort, such as back discomfort, neck pain, and shoulder pain.

This surgical procedure can enhance overall body proportion and self-confidence, providing individuals with a more comfortable and balanced silhouette.

What Can A Breast Reduction Correct?

There are many benefits of breast reduction surgery to justify having this procedure performed. We would like to point out some of these breast reduction benefits below to help potential breast reduction patients put into perspective all the positives that can come from this type of plastic surgery.


Heavy breasts can cause you to hunch or slump forward. The excess weight of very large breasts can make it difficult to remain standing or sitting with the correct posture.

By relieving the weight from the front of your body, you will be able to stand up straighter. Improved posture not only enhances your spinal health, but it also makes you look taller.


Breasts that have excessive tissue can cause pain both under the breasts and in your back. Excess tissue can begin to sag, causing more weight to pull your back and shoulders downward.

It will also reduce pain related to your bra straps digging into your shoulders.  With a breast reduction, you can alleviate the pain that has been plaguing you.


Irritation of the skin is a common concern for individuals with larger breasts due to the friction and moisture trapped beneath the breast tissue.

Breast reduction surgery can alleviate this issue by reducing the size and weight of the breasts, thereby reducing the amount of skin-to-skin contact and friction. Breast reductions can also help eliminate friction under the breast fold where irritation and rashes may occur.

CORRECTION OF ASYMMETRYbenefits of a breast reduction

Correcting asymmetry by removing different amounts of tissue from each breast and reshaping the breasts can achieve a more balanced appearance.

By carefully sculpting and contouring the disproportionately large breasts, plastic surgeons can create symmetrical breasts that are more proportionate to the patient’s body, resulting in improved aesthetic harmony and overall satisfaction with the results of the cosmetic surgery.


Having large breasts can make physical activity tough to endure. Any activity that requires up and down movement, such as running, horseback riding, or even dancing, can be so painful that you avoid the activity altogether.

If you find yourself avoiding activities that you used to love or deciding not to have an active lifestyle due to breast uncomfort, then breast reduction surgery may be something you should consider.


By reducing breast size and alleviating physical discomfort, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, the breast surgery can enhance self-esteem and body image. Patients often report feeling more confident, comfortable, and empowered after surgery, leading to improvements in overall quality of life and mental well-being.


So many women with large breasts have difficulty finding clothing that not only fits well but that makes them feel good about the way they look. Bras to fit large breasts can be difficult to find in stores, requiring custom purchases that may be expensive.

Shirts that fit well around your waist or your arms may not fit around your breasts. Large breasts can make shopping discouraging and costly, if not downright impossible. By reducing the size of your breasts, you will finally be able to shop with ease.

A breast reduction will provide you with immediate relief. By removing the excess tissue, your breasts will weigh less and be in better proportion to your body. Above all else, you will be able to live free of pain and discomfort.

breast reduction benefitsQuestions And Answers

What is the downside of a breast reduction?

Potential complications of breast reduction include infections, nipple sensation loss, and scarring. Scars typically follow a lollipop or anchor shape, encircling the nipple and extending downward to the breast crease, but careful postoperative care can mitigate these risks.

What size breasts qualify for reduction?

The decision for breast reduction isn’t based on a specific minimum size but varies according to individual body proportions and desires. Generally, plastic surgeons advise candidates to have at least a C cup or larger to qualify for the procedure.

How painful is a breast reduction?

Anticipate post-procedure discomfort due to swelling and bruising of breast tissue. Temporary loss of sensation in breast skin and nipples is common. Pain medication can effectively manage post-op discomfort for most women.

What happens if I lose 20 pounds after a breast reduction?

After a breast reduction, weight loss can affect breast size and shape, potentially leading to excess skin and sagging. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise can support weight management and minimize changes in breast appearance.

Contact Our Office For Your Initial Consultation

For more information about how the benefits of a breast reduction may serve you, please contact us for a consultation to see board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Galanis at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA.

After reviewing your medical history and performing a physical examination, he will be able to advise you on how much breast tissue may need to be removed and about the next steps to find the mental and physical comfort that you are searching for.

Call our Beverly Hills office at 310-858-8930 today.



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