How You Can Relieve Upper Back and Neck Pain with Breast Reduction Surgery

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Living with large breasts can put a lot of extra strain on your back and neck muscles and even cause painful conditions like permanently curved spine and shoulder indentations. Even with the most supportive bras, the extra weight from overly large breasts can be a burden.

At Paydar Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, we understand how disproportionate breasts can take an emotional and physical toll on the body. If you struggle with chronic pain because of the size of your breasts, here’s how a breast reduction surgery can help ease discomfort and improve your quality of life.

What Is a Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery aims to reduce the overall size and weight of the breasts by strategically removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to improve the breasts’ appearance and lift. Before undergoing a breast reduction, patients must first consult Dr. Keyian Paydar to ensure they’re a healthy candidate for surgery.

Dr. Paydar will evaluate the patient’s health and previous medical history, including all previous surgeries, mammograms, and any history of cancer. He will also physically examine the breasts and take measurements and photographs to help create a specific plan for each individual patient’s needs.

The Breasts and Back Connection

There is a direct connection between having large breasts and developing upper back and neck issues. Research has shown that the larger the cup size, the more likely the chances of shoulder, back, and neck problems. In addition, having large breasts increases the weight on your chest, putting more strain on your back and neck. To gain a little perspective, breasts that are a D-cup or larger can weigh up to 4 to 10 pounds each.

While your back has an incredibly strong structure, the extra weight naturally pulls you forward, leaning forward to compensate for the extra weight in the front. This results in the muscles and ligaments in your back and neck working harder to keep your spine straight.

Large breasts can also affect many women’s self-confidence, causing them to wear overly large clothing or hunch forward to hide their chests. Unfortunately, this can hide their beautiful figure and worsen existing back pain.

How a Breast Reduction Can Help

There are ways to help relieve back pain apart from surgery. Some women have found relief through weight loss, physical therapy, and a customizable bra that helps distribute breast weight. However, breast reduction surgery is the only method to permanently resolve the issue.

During a breast reduction, Dr. Paydar will remove extra tissue and skin to resize your breasts. His technique varies depending on breast size and overall goals. Most cases involve making an incision around the areola that extends down to the underside of the breasts where the fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed to attain your desired results. Then, Dr. Paydar will reshape and resize the breasts to provide the most natural appearance and relieve some of the heaviness and discomfort from the shoulders, neck, and back.

Schedule Your Newport Beach Breast Reduction Surgery with Dr. Keyian Paydar

Dr. Keyian Paydar is an award-winning clinical professor and board-certified plastic surgeon located in Newport Beach. For over 20 years, Dr. Paydar has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic dreams and improve their lives. Dr. Paydar and his staff are leaders in the plastic surgery community for their excellent service, compassion, and quality of care. To learn if a breast reduction is the best choice to help alleviate chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain, contact us online or call (949) 755-0575 today!