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how to know if i need breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Maurice Sherman
Plastic Surgery 54 years experience
Symptoms are worse: From a medical viewpoint, large breasts cause back, shoulder, and neck pain, skin irritation under the breasts, and excess sweating and fatigue. Cosmetically, the breasts sag, and become asymmetrical. Insurance may cover large breast reduction surgery. Also, non invasive surgery treatment such as liposuction can be used instead of excisional techniques. A doctor's visit is essential to decide.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Symptoms: Patients often present with neck, back, shoulder discomfort, bra strap grooving, postural changes, and occasionally with rashes/infections. This operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons to learn more. Best wishes.
Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
Are they too large ?: 1. Do you feel they are too large for you ? --- 2. Do you get back and or shoulder pains from their weight ? > if the answer is yes to any of these two questions, you should see a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss with him/her and decide about the breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Seek Consultation: I would suggest that you seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you would be please with. Discuss concerns and goals and learn about the potential risks/complications associated with the procedure. Generally speaking, for the appropriate patient, it is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed.

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