How do I know if breast reduction is right for me?
Q: Amy from Mt. Laurel writes… Dear doc, over the years my back back has gotten worse and worse and my friends seem positive it’s because of my double d’s. I’m starting to consider breast reduction surgery. How do I know if it’s right for me?
A: Amy, don’t feel bad, you are like millions of women who have back pain caused by breasts that are too large for their frame. The first step is to see your regular primary care doctor and make sure that your back pain isn’t caused by anything else. If your doctor agrees that your breast are main cause of your back symptoms then its time to see a plastic surgeon. A breast reduction will remove the excess breast tissue and weight and will also restore the breast to a higher position on your chest to help take the stress off your back and help with your posture. The back pain is usually gone the second you wake up from surgery. It is a huge quality of life improvement for women like you who may have been living with chronic back pain for years.