This is a great question because many patients will often look to alternatives before considering a breast reduction procedure. Surgery is generally a last resort for most as it generally gives patients a level of anxiety that they are not comfortable with.
Can Exercise Reduce Breast Size?
First, you should understand what breasts are physically comprised of. Every woman’s breasts contain blood vessels, milk ducts, lymph nodes, lobes, lobules, and of course, fat.
With this in mind, it makes sense that burning calories would result in trimming fat from your breasts. As such, that’s exactly what happens: your breast fat will reduce with exercise, but don’t expect it to decrease dramatically. Most people are unable to achieve dramatic results because the average American does not perform the level of exercise required to make a significant difference in breast size.
Other factors play a role too. Genetics is always a huge factor is a variety of cases. This means that if your parents had large breasts, then you will most likely also have large breasts, despite vigorous workouts to reduce size.
Don’t Just Perform Cardio
Many women find that instead of just burning calories to burn fat, it’s also better to incorporate strength-training exercises to help tone the definition of your breasts. Exercises such as push-ups and other chest exercises can provide results, while also burning calories at the same time and improving the health of other organs in your body.
Works Both Ways
Just as exercise may reduce breast size, gaining weight could increase size. It’s important to incorporate exercise into your routine at least a few times a week to make sure you maintain a healthy, comfortable weight.
So Why Do People Choose Surgery?
Surgery is often the best choice when a woman’s breasts interfere with their daily routine and/or affects the quality of their life. Also, when exercise does not seem to make a difference, then women may turn to breast surgery to get the desired results they seek.