From chronic aches and pains to just plain old discomfort, there are a variety of reasons why someone may decide to get a breast reduction. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about the surgery itself, and because of that, it can be difficult to recognize the physical signs and symptoms that can help you tell if a breast reduction is right for you. Luckily, doctors and other health professionals are there to help.
There is not a specific cup size threshold that is needed in order to benefit from a breast reduction so anyone having issues can speak to their doctor about exploring this option.
If you’re considering getting a breast reduction surgery, here are seven physical signs to look out for, according to experts.
1. Bra Strap Grooving.
Feeling like the weight of the world is (literally) on your shoulders? It may be time to consider a breast reduction. The most common physical symptoms that breast reduction patients suffer are “pain due to the bra strap marks, as well as upper back and neck pain.” If this is something that continues to bother you, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor.
2. Numbness and Tingling In the Hands and Fingers
It’s certainly not uncommon for patients to experience joint pain and numbness within their hands and fingers pre-breast reduction. Sometimes people complain about numbness and tingling in their hands and fingers .If breasts are large enough to pull on your torso and affect your neck position, you can end up with nerve pain that radiates down your upper extremities.
3. Decreased Nipple Sensitivity.
Enlarged breasts could affect how sensitive your nipples are as well. Quite often, when you have very large breasts, there is decreased sensation to the nipple because the strain and pull of the breast puts the nerve under some tension. If this is something that you experience, consult with your doctor to explore your options.
4. Shoulder Pain and Posture Changes.
Those who have large breasts may notice that their posture is affected, and they may experience back and shoulder pain, indicating their breast weight is causing discomfort. They may also notice their posture is not what it used to be. Because posture changes can be attributed to several other causes, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor if this change becomes more pronounced.
5. Yeast Infections under the Breast Crease.
Unbeknownst to many, it is actually be possible to contract yeast infections under your boobs. Women with large breasts can experience … frequent yeast infections in their breast creases this is related to the large breast weight rubbing the skin on the breast and at the crease together. If rubbing in this area becomes more uncomfortable than usual, it may be best to speak to a specialist about the cause, and possible solution
6. Neck Pain.
Neck pain is also a common symptom many breast reduction patients suffer from before surgery — and it’s a pretty valid complaint. Just think if you were carrying over 2.5kg around your neck all day long, that’s essentially what these women are doing and you can only imagine over the course of years how this can impact your neck.
7. Chafing, Sweating, and Rashes under the Breast.
According to experts, chafing, itchy and infected rashes don’t have to just be caused by excessive heat they may all be related to having large breasts.
If you feel you have any one (or more) of these uncomfortable and painful symptoms, it may be time to consider a breast reduction and book a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to hear their thoughts (and possibly put your pain to rest).