Many women believe that having larger breasts will boost their confidence and make them feel more comfortable in their skin. While this may be true for some, women with naturally large breasts may disagree. It is common to want the opposite of what your current body traits are. However, when it comes to having overly large, cumbersome breasts, there is often more to this desire than simply wanting what you do not have. Large breasts can lead to many insecurities. Clothes do not fit properly, especially if the breasts are out of proportion with the abdomen and the arms, which larger breasts commonly are. You can dress to fit your breasts, which makes clothing too big everywhere else, or you try to fit the rest of your body, causing clothing to pull around the breasts or be too revealing. Either way, unwanted attention is drawn, which again, leads to insecurity. And unfortunately for women with large breasts, the discomfort does not end there.
Large breasts lead not only to emotional insecurities but to a host of physical symptoms. Back, neck, shoulder, and chest pain are all side effects of large cup sizes, and can range from being a simple annoyance to being entirely debilitating. And unfortunately for many women, this chronic pain can only be remedied by one thing: breast reduction surgery.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is most often caused by strain on the muscles and ligaments. As simple as it sounds, the larger the breast, the more it weighs, and this weight is directly supported by the back, neck, and shoulders. When the breasts weigh more, your posture shifts, causing a change in the alignment of your spine. Poor posture leads to unnatural curves in the spine, resulting in chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. The constant pain makes everything from regular chores to participating in sports more difficult, and many women discover that many activities are just too painful, even with a great sports bra.
What Can Be Done?
While finding a supportive bra can help relieve some of these symptoms, the only way to truly address the underlying cause of your pain is to reduce the size of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery is performed to restore proportion and balance to your body frame. In this procedure, excess breast tissue and skin are removed so that the breasts are not only smaller and more compact but also lighter. This places less stress on the spine, which in turn can help with back, neck, and shoulder pain. Your clothing will also fit better, you will no longer have to worry about bra straps digging into your shoulders, and you will feel more confident in your appearance.
If you are suffering from chronic pain due to overly large breasts, contact Dr. Corbin by calling his Beverly Hills office at (310) 284-8384 or his Brea office at (714) 671-3033 to set up a consultation.