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Can A Breast Reduction Get Rid Of Back Pain?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


When most people think of cosmetic breast surgery, breast augmentation is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Because many women experience a loss in breast volume over time and due to pregnancy, breast implants are exceptionally popular for restoring a more natural, feminine shape. However, some women suffer from the opposite problem – overly large breasts – and undergo cosmetic surgery to actually reduce their breast size. Not only can breast reduction surgery result in a more pleasing silhouette, but it can often also provide life-changing relief from painful and frustrating symptoms that may have lasted for decades, such as chronic back pain.

Internationally renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the award-winning team at VIP Plastic Surgery are proud to offer advanced breast reduction surgery in Las Vegas, NV to help women look and feel more comfortable and confident than ever. Learn more about the benefits of breast reduction here, including how it may be the solution you’ve been looking for to relieve back pain.

What are the signs you need a breast reduction?

Having significantly large or heavy breasts can wreak havoc on a patient’s life in more ways than one. From chronic pain to emotional distress, the implications of overly large breasts can be devastating for a woman physically, emotionally, and socially. If you are suffering from any of the following signs or symptoms, Las Vegas breast reduction surgery may be right for you:

  • Back, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty finding clothing that fits comfortably
  • Painful indentations from bra straps
  • Numbness or tingling in the breasts, arms, or hands
  • Recurrent rash or skin irritation
  • Pain or discomfort with certain physical activities, including exercise
  • Anxiety or embarrassment about your breast size

Are large breasts and back pain related?

For women with large or heavy breasts, back pain is a common complaint that can certainly be related to their breast size. Many patients report that it feels like they are wearing a weighted vest or carrying bags of flour around their neck 24/7, which can understandably be quite painful. In addition, many patients have poor posture related to the weight of their breasts, which can further exacerbate back pain.

Will my back pain go away after breast reduction surgery?

If your back pain is related to the size and weight of your breasts, there is a very good chance you will experience dramatic and long-lasting relief following breast reduction surgery. In fact, many patients report an almost instant improvement – and sometimes even a complete disappearance – of their back pain after breast reduction. However, in some cases, it may take longer for the body to adjust, posture to improve, and back pain to subside. Keep in mind, if your breasts are not the source or cause of your chronic back pain, a breast reduction may not make a difference in your symptoms. During your initial consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will perform a thorough examination and take a detailed health history to help determine if Las Vegas breast reduction surgery may be likely to give you relief from your back pain. In some cases, breast reduction for back pain may even be partially or fully covered by your insurance provider if it is deemed medically necessary. If you are interested in the possibility of insurance coverage for breast reduction, Dr. Khorsandi and his team can help you through the process of submitting the appropriate documentation.

What will my breast reduction scar look like?

There are several possible approaches for breast reduction surgery, and Dr. Khorsandi will select the most appropriate method for your procedure based on a number of factors, including your breast size, the amount of tissue and skin that needs to be removed, your personal goals, and others. The appearance of your scar will depend on the specific technique used. The most common breast reduction types include:

  • Vertical incision: involves an incision around the nipple and vertically down the center of the lower half of the breast, allowing breast tissue and skin to be removed and the breast to be reduced and lifted

  • Wise pattern: utilizes an anchor-shaped incision to allow for a greater amount of tissue and skin removal for patients with exceptionally large breasts and/or excess skin

  • Liposuction: reserved for patients with more mild concerns involving primarily fatty breast tissue, including men with gynecomastia

Most patients overwhelmingly agree that their breast reduction scars are well worth the physical and emotional transformation they experience after surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Khorsandi takes great care to ensure that breast reduction incisions and scars heal and fade in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. As part of your postoperative guidelines, Dr. Khorsandi will explain how to minimize visible scarring by avoiding sun exposure, using topical agents and silicone strips, and more.

Say goodbye to back pain and hello to a gorgeous, sexy new figure with breast reduction in Las Vegas, NV

Whether you are tired of suffering from constant back pain due to your large breasts or simply don’t feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, breast reduction surgery may be right for you. If you are ready to regain control of your life and achieve a more natural-looking physique you can feel proud of, call VIP Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with Las Vegas board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today. We also provide virtual consultations for patients who prefer the comfort and convenience of their own home. We look forward to helping you enjoy the life you deserve with breast reduction surgery.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.