Summary: We are used to hearing about women wanting larger breasts, but many women would actually prefer to downsize. The two main reasons for downsizing? Improved appearance and health benefits. Here is why breast reduction might improve your quality of life  

468119471When it comes to breast enhancement surgery, bigger is not necessarily better. In fact, more women are springing for breast reduction surgery because they are unhappy with the physical and emotional consequences that accompany overly large breasts. How do I know this? Because I am one of them.

Although it’s normal to hear of women coveting a larger cup size, many of us are actually struggling with breasts that are too big. It can be a frustrating predicament for many reasons. For me, my breasts were a pain — literally and figuratively. I was plagued with constant back, shoulder, and neck pain and poor posture, and relief was becoming harder to find. I could barely even exercise anymore! It had become a bigger issue than just discomfort; it was also starting to hurt my self-esteem. It was then that I decided to do something about it. I had considered a breast reduction before, but I didn’t know enough about the procedure to make that decision. I set off for some answers.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 122,000 women had breast reduction surgery  in 2013. The goal of the procedure is to reduce breast size, of course, but also to reshape the breasts to ensure they are proportionate to the body.

The ASAPS refers to the surgery as a commonly requested procedure with dual benefits: improving appearance and relieving the physical burden. According to the website of Plastic Surgery Specialists, which serves Santa Rosa and other Marin County communities with a variety of breast procedures, reduction surgery usually even allows patients to enjoy physical activities that they were previously unable to do. This was music to my ears! The thought of being able to jog comfortably made me ecstatic.

Once I had some basic information down, I headed over to RealSelf.com to read  reviews from people who have had the procedure so I could learn what it was really like from a patient’s point of view. I felt instant relief when I saw how many others had turned to breast reduction surgery for the same reasons I was considering. One patient writes, “I am so grateful to have had this surgery and I would still highly recommend it to anyone who struggles with backaches and discomfort due to large breasts!” In fact, the procedure has a 96% “Worth It” rating, which is based on more than 2,500 reviews on RealSelf, giving it one of the highest satisfaction ratings of any plastic surgery.

In reading these reviews, it became clear to me that a lot of the ratings focused on the emotional outcome of the surgery, and that it was just as important as the physical benefit. It made me so happy to see how plastic surgery has the ability to provide results that are about more than just appearance. The next logical step for me is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon so that I can move forward in the decision-making process. I will continue to do my homework to find a doctor who is right for me, but I am so happy to have started down this path to improve my quality of life.