Why would someone want to have a breast reduction?
Breast reduction is a procedure where that is largely patient driven not only because of the appearance of the breast but also of the symptoms related to the breast. Enlarged breasts can cause a diminished quality of life when they cause upper back pain, result in rashes below the breast, or social embarrassment.
The effects of breast drop and breast widening diminish the aesthetics of the breast.
In addition to the sheer weight of the breast tissue, changes in weight, genetics and breast feeding/pregnancy are just some of the reasons that can lead to a decrease in strength of the soft tissues supporting the breast. Because of the large size, gravity has more of an effect on the breast tissue and they tend to age faster than typical.
These changes lead to an appearance of the breast “sliding” down the chest.
The breast begins to flatten and widen, the upper portion of the breast loses volume, and the breast itself develops a droop that many women find less attractive. Because all breasts start at least a little asymmetric, the changes that occur can enhance the asymmetry and the patient’s anxiety about the appearance.
Because a significant portion of the lower portion of the breast is now laying on the chest, it is very common to develop rashes from both the moisture that can develop under the breast as well as rubbing and chafing of the skin when the patient is walking.
Some patients even develop significant skin changes and fungal infections despite their best efforts to keep the area dry and clean.