Breast Reduction Charleston

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Women with very large, heavy breasts can suffer significant pain and even health problems from the weight of their breasts. Some of the most common symptoms of overlarge breasts include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Hand numbness
  • Headaches
  • Posture problems

These symptoms can interfere with work, sleep and exercise. Symptoms often persist despite wearing of special support bras, courses of physical therapy, chiropractic and massage, and weight loss.

How Large Breasts Cause Pain

Most of the problems caused by large breasts are the result of changes in your anatomical structure due to excess weight on your chest. Your shoulders naturally roll forward, which places pressure on your thoracic outlet – the area where you shoulder blades, nerves, and ribs come together through a narrow triangle.

This compression, combined with changes in the amount of anatomic space in your back, can compress nerve fibers and cause pain. The larger your breasts are, the more you are prone to leaning forward, and the greater your discomfort may potentially be.

Reducing Your Breast Size

Reduction mammaplasty – breast reduction surgery – reduces the size of the breast and elevates the breast position on the chest wall. As long as the appropriate amount of tissue is removed, women can expect complete or near complete relief of symptoms. The scars are noticeable at first, but eventually fade considerably. In many cases breast reduction is covered by insurance.

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If your large breasts are causing you chronic pain and discomfort, please contact William Terranova, MD today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients throughout Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and Summerville, South Carolina.