Overview: Large breasts

Breast development is a biological process that takes place at different stages of a woman’s life and serve as both a gender characteristic and mammary glands, for breast feeding. The different stages of breast development include prenatal, puberty and pregnancy.

As breasts begin to develop they become noticeable and a prominent feature on the chest. The development rate and the size of the breast will vary from woman to woman and is, to a certain degree, determined by genetic disposition. The growth of breast tissue is regulated by hormones in the body, the most important of which include estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and growth hormone.

Some women may find that theirs breasts are very large compared to some other women. Breasts in many societies symbolise sexuality and feminine traits, but for many women who have overly large breast it can be quite distressful and cause many varying problems, both physical and mental.

Physical problems with large breasts

Having very large breasts can cause physical discomfort for a lot women. Generally speaking, women who experience the following issues, which are commonly associated with large and heavy breasts, should consider treatment to alleviate the symptoms:

  • backache
  • shoulder or neck pain
  • skin irritation
  • rashes and skin infections under the breasts
  • grooves on the shoulders from bra straps
  • an inability to exercise or take part in sports

 Psychological issues with large breasts

“How your breast size affects your mental health: Having uneven or bigger boobs lowers self-esteem and causes eating disorders” is a study carries out by doctors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in 2014 which found several aspects of mental health and wellbeing were lower for girls with large breasts, compared to those with ‘normal’ breasts.

The findings also suggest that girls with large breast and those suffering from breast asymmetry have worse emotional well-being and lower self-esteem. However, there was no evidence they developed any other health disorders because of their breasts.

They argued that, early medical intervention and mental health counselling can help young girls and resolve issues they’re facing because of their large or uneven breasts.

Benefits of breast reduction?

As previously mentioned, large breast can be the cause of much stress and discomfort for women. Breast reduction treatments generally work by removing excess breast tissue, fat and skin, and reshaping to achieve the desired outcome.

Apart from the physical and mental benefits of breast reduction, it can be used to help:

  • Improve the proportions of the body
  • Wear the clothes you like
  • Improve your posture
  • Improve mobility and become more active
  • Feel better about yourself

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Treatments for large breasts

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the size and weight of the breast. It can help women who feel unhappy with their breasts and alleviate any physical or mental discomforts they may be experiencing.

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between one and a half and four hours to complete, depending on the extent of the surgery. Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess skin and breast tissues, and if needed, adjust the shape of the breast and reposition the nipples.

Breast lift surgery

The procedure works by tightening loose breast tissue to give needed support to lift and re-shape the breast. Breast lift surgery is commonly carried out on breast that have lost their shape and full texture. Large breasts in particular are prone to these physical changes as you get older.

The operation is generally performed under general anaesthetic and can take two to three hours depending on the type and extent of the procedure.

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Medical Tourism

Travelling abroad for medical treatments can bring with it many advantages. Some of the biggest worries many people have when seeking treatment is the time it takes to have the treatment and how much it will cost. The flexibly of travelling to access good quality treatment means treatments can often be carried out when it suits the patient, and the patient can save money. Having said that, cost should be a part of the consideration, but not the only consideration when choosing a care provider.

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