For women nearing age 50 it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our breasts continue to grow and sag as we grow older. Consequences of a changing bust line can range from inconvenient to debilitating.
For example, some women are distressed at the changes that time and gravity bring to their bodies, and find themselves wishing to restore their breasts’ youthful appearance. But on the debilitating end, women over 50 who have large breasts report neck, shoulder, and back pain that seriously compromises day-to-day comfort, range of activity, and even health.
If you happen to be one of the hundreds of women over 50 considering breast reduction and lift surgery, the good news is that breast reduction and lift surgery is among the most satisfying of plastic surgeries.
According to RealSelf.com and Dr. Gus Galante, women who undergo breast reduction are among the most highly satisfied of all cosmetic surgery patients.
“I’ve noticed for years that breast reduction typically produces a level of satisfaction that matches or exceeds even the most popular of procedures, such as breast augmentation, at my Indiana practice,” says Dr. Galante. “In my opinion, this is because there are real physical benefits to the surgery, as well as emotional ones.”
It’s well known that women with overly large breasts often suffer from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as deep grooves from their bra straps. Large, heavy breasts also prevent women from jogging, cycling, or engaging in other physical activities.
While there may be emotional benefits that contribute to the high rate of satisfaction among breast reduction and lift patients, it’s the physical relief that women experience that is very real and significant.
Many women with overly large breasts feel that they attract unwanted attention in the form of inappropriate looks or comments. “It is not uncommon for my breast reduction patients to tell me that they feel very self-conscious, even somewhat isolated due to their large breasts,” said Dr. Galante. “For them, the breast reduction procedure is about achieving a shape and proportion that allows them to feel normal.”
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