Reduction mammaplasty, more widely known as breast reduction surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure
that can offer a wealth of health benefits to women who pursue the surgery. A recent article
in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
has highlighted these benefits by surveying past studies on the topic. Based on a literature review on studies from 1977 to 2010, the article shows how breast reduction
can have benefits ranging from alleviated back problems to better sleep and breathing patterns.
Physical Benefits of Breast Reduction
- Reduced back and neck pain. Heavy breasts can weigh heavily on a woman’s back, causing soreness and chronic back issues, and many women can experience degenerative changes in the spine.
- Improvement in chronic headaches. Studies have shown that migraine symptoms can be alleviated by breast reduction surgery.
- Better breathing and improved sleep. A reduction in breast mass is associated with a greater flow of air while you breathe. This has a variety of benefits, including greater exercise tolerance, better outcomes for people with breathing problems, and reduced sleep disturbance.
- Other health benefits. Women who have undergone breast reduction surgery experience easier breast self-examinations, improved weight and exercise practices, and are less likely to have an eating disorder.
Psychological Benefits of Breast Reduction
- Improved self-esteem. Women with reduced breasts feel that their bodies now match their expectations and don’t feel that their breasts are attracting unwanted attention.
- Better sex life. According to the study authors, “women are more willing to engage in sexual activities and are more comfortable without their clothes on after reduction mammaplasty.”
- Superior quality of life. With less anxiety and depression, and the various physical and psychological benefits of surgery, breast reduction patients report an overall improvement in their lives.