Women with large breasts often experience a great deal of upper back and shoulder pains. Frequently they will undergo physical therapy without any lasting benefit. In addition, large breasts can lead to rashes under the breasts and irritation which are particularly bad in the summer.
A breast reduction can not only reduce the size of the breasts but will lift them as well placing the nipples at a higher level. Patients frequently awake in the recovery room and state that the upper back and shoulder aches that they experienced for many years have already improved.
There is definite scarring in a breast reduction which usually fades to an acceptable level over a period of time. Pain is usually minimal to moderate and generally patients are taking extra strength Tylenol by 2 to 4 days after the surgery. Return to work can take 2 to 3 weeks for most jobs.
In many cases if the symptoms are significant, insurance will cover a breast reduction.
- When back and shoulder pain is attributed to large breasts, improvement in the symptoms can be dramatic after a breast reduction.
- The operation takes about 2 ½ hours and recovery time is generally fairly soon.
- Multiple scars present which normally fade but are permanent.
- Many Insurance Companies will cover this procedure if the symptoms are significant.