Breast Reduction Improves Quality of Life


Recent medical study shows Breast Reduction Surgery to decrease pain and significantly improve the quality of life.

Large, heavy breasts can cause much physical and psychological pain to women of all backgrounds and ages. Excessive breast size can literally weigh a woman down and throw off her center of gravity and the alignment of her spine. The result is a large array of health problems including chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, strained and overworked muscles, headaches, skin rashes, sagging breasts and stretch marks as well as low self-esteem and dissatisfaction with overall body image. Studies have also shown that women living with this type of physical pain compare their symptoms to other medical conditions with chronic pain such as arthritis, joint pain and low back pain.

Many women who suffer from these physical and emotional problems seek a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty. This common surgical procedure can not only create a natural breast shape that is firmer and more proportionate to the body, but also improve the overall quality of a woman’s life. A recent medical study conducted by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Helsinki University Central Hospital found that reduction mammaplasty resulted “in significant improvement in the quality of life and a decrease in pain and breast-associated symptoms.”

In the study, 82 female patients suffering from symptomatic breast hypertrophy, were examined and surveyed to access the effectiveness of surgery to reduce breast size. By alleviating the physical symptoms caused by full, heavy breasts, this procedure not only provided great relief of pain but also significantly relieved or eliminated a large variety of debilitating physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, skin irritation and poor posture. The study also cites that “the effect of intervention of reduction mammaplasty was comparable to that of hip and more than knee total joint replacement.”

As evidenced by this scientific medical study as well as numerous other ones, the benefits of breast reductions are extremely positive. To better understand the benefits associated to this surgery and how it can change your life, please visit or call our Beverly Hills office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Doctor Daniel Golshani.

Source: Saariniemi, K., Keranen, U., Salminen-Peltola, P., Kuokkanen, H. (2007) Reduction mammaplasty is effective treatment according to two quality of life instruments. Journal of Plastic, Reconstrutive and Aesthetic Surgery, 61(12), 1472-1478.