Breast Reduction- Sometimes Less is More

Everyone likes to talk about breast implants, and how “bigger is better.” If you talk to a woman who, through simple genetics or after childbirth, has large breasts naturally, they might tell you to be careful what you wish for.

When your breasts weigh too much for your body, they can cause a host of problems- back pain, neck pain, rashes between and underneath the skin folds, grooves in the shoulders from the bra straps, and even numbness of the hands. It can change the style of clothes you feel comfortable wearing, the type of exercises you can do, and even affect your self esteem and intimate relationships.

Fortunately, breast reduction surgery has been done for more than 100 years. While the goal is to relieve the excess weight, modern procedures can often lift and create a much more ideal and youthful shape as well. There are many different techniques, depending on the amount of tissue we need to remove and how low your nipples sit, and we can often minimize scarring.

Many studies have been done to show the significant increase in the quality of life obtained by breast reduction patients, and my experience with many hundreds of patients bears this out as well. And don’t think you are too old for the procedure. As long as you are in good health, breast reduction can be the best decision you have made.

What is my bra size?

I am constantly amazed that so few women understand how bra size is determined.  In fact, over 85% of women actually wear the wrong size bra.  This is why I never ask what bra size a woman is seeking with cosmetic surgery.  The most accurate test for me is to look at photos of my patients with similar body types and determine which ones the patient likes.  This way, if I think it is a C and the patient thinks it is a B or D it does not matter.  She gets the look she wants.

 Another complicating factor is that all bra manufacturers have a different fit and size, so a 36C can be different from maker to maker.  So how do you measure bra size?

 Step one-  With a tape measure, measure the distance around your chest just below the breast.  If it is an even number, add 4,  iif it is odd, add 5.  This is the back size of your body.

Step two- now measure the distance around the breasts while wearing a bra.

Step three- subtract the back size from the breast size.  Every inch equals a cup- 1” A, 2”B, etc.  After D, the measurement is less accurate.

Hope this helps.