From chronic aches and pains to just plain old discomfort, there are a variety of reasons why someone may decide to get a breast reduction. But there's a lot of misinformation out there about the surgery itself, and because of that, it can be difficult to recognize the physical signs and symptoms that can help you tell if a breast reduction is right for you. Luckily, doctors and other health professionals are there to help.
"There is not a specific cup size threshold that is needed in order to benefit from a breast reduction," Dr. Lara Devgan, certified plastic surgeon, tells Bustle. So anyone having issues can speak to their doctor about exploring this option.
What's more, breast reductions are pretty common nowadays — according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2017, there were 59,463 breast reduction surgeries for functional purposes, and 43,635 breast reduction surgeries for cosmetic purposes. "A cosmetic reduction is one where the size of your breasts affects your lifestyle in terms of what you want to wear or your style aesthetic, for example," board-certified plastic surgeon Rady Rahban, M.D. F.A.C.S., tells Bustle. "A functional breast reduction is when the size of your breast impacts your quality of life in terms of symptoms, including back and neck pain, sweating under the breast, bra strap pain in shoulder, or tingling in your upper extremities due to the pull of the weight of your breasts."
If you're considering getting a breast reduction surgery, here are seven physical signs to look out for, according to experts.