Chronic Back Pain? Maybe You Should Consider Breast Reduction

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on September 10, 2019

From childhood, girls see media images of large-breasted women being touted as “the” way to look if you want to be attractive. Maybe you’ve been complimented on the size of your breasts, or even told “You’re so lucky!” by women with smaller breasts. 

Inside though, all you can think of are the drawbacks. Many women with larger-than-average breasts deal with severe back pain which, left untreated, can become debilitating. Estimates show that women with extremely large breasts number at least 1 million in the United States, and these women are more prone to chronic pain than their smaller-chested counterparts.

Large breasts can cause migraines, back pain, and even shortness of breath. Unfortunately, as we age, our shoulders naturally tend to roll forward more than they did when we were young, and this rolling is exacerbated by the extra weight of large breasts. This puts a lot of strain on your upper back, resulting in even more pain than you may have had when you were younger. 

woman smiling holding her breastsBut you shouldn’t have to deal with chronic back pain for the rest of your life. Studies have shown that breast reduction surgery showed objective improvement in back pain. Breast reduction surgery for back pain eliminates the need to take anti-inflammatory and pain medication on a regular basis. It also improves your ability to exercise and mobility overall.

Instead of grabbing temporary pain relievers or taking another ibuprofen, consider a simple, routine breast reduction surgery as a long-term option for relief.

What’s Involved In The Breast Augmentation Process?

A breast reduction can be scary if you don’t know the details. However, the minimally invasive surgical procedure can significantly improve your quality of life. 

Here’s how the procedure works. 

  1. During your surgery, the doctor will make discreet incisions into your breast tissue. 
  2. He will then remove excess fatty tissue; how much depends on what you have discussed prior to surgery and how much smaller you would like your breasts to be. 
  3. The doctor will then reposition your nipple higher up and remove excess skin. The finished product will be average-sized, firm and perky breasts.
  4. The average recovery time is 2-6 weeks. During the first week after your surgery, you’ll need to take time off from work. You also won’t be able to drive or operate any machinery if taking pain medication. After the first week, you’ll be able to return to most of your normal activities, with exercising and heavy lifting being the exception.


Before Your Procedure: What To Expect

During your initial consultation with Dr. Proffer, he will explain the different types of breast reduction surgery so you can determine which one is right for you. He will also answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

If you are concerned about the financial cost, CareCredit could be an affordable option for you. CareCredit allows you to purchase your procedure and make payments overtime to cover the cost, rather than all at once. And that’s not the only good news. If you’re experiencing back pain, your insurance company may even cover part, or all, of your surgery costs. We’ll check with your insurance to determine if this could be the case for you.

The Day of your Surgery: How To Prepare

The staff at Proffer Surgical will prescribe pre- and post-operative pain medication to manage any discomfort you may experience. Your breast reduction is completed as an outpatient procedure; but you might elect to spend the evening at the surgical center. 

We recommend you wear loose-fitting, comfy clothes that are easy to get on and off for your surgery. Be sure you arrange to have someone drive you home from the procedure. It’s also a good idea to make sure someone is there for you the following evening, so you can get adequate and necessary rest. 

After The Surgery: Enjoy Pain-Free Living

After some recovery time, you should be feeling back to normal. No, scratch that. Better than normal! 

Your new, smaller breasts won’t pull on your back and shoulder muscles, won’t cause shoulder dents where your bra straps sit, and won’t interfere with your posture. Most patients report a reduction or complete elimination of back pain post-surgery. Not only that, but running and aerobic exercise will also be easier, shopping for well-fitting clothes will be a breeze, and your self-image will be improved. It’s truly a “look better, feel better” scenario.

Ready To Get Started?

Contact Proffer Surgical in Amarillo to discuss your options regarding breast reduction. Our highly trained professionals not only have extensive experience but are also dedicated to continued education, which ensures they always have the most up-to-date techniques. 

Schedule a consultation and see what Dr. Proffer and his staff can do for you!


Topics: Plastic Surgery, Breast reduction