Very large breasts can cause back and neck pain and emotional distress, but you don’t have to accept those any longer. A breast reduction procedure performed by Dr. Ralston can help make your breasts proportionate and limit related back/neck pain.


Women whose breasts are large enough that they are troubled either emotionally or physically, resulting in distress or neck/back pain. Reduction procedures can help make breast sizes more proportionate and even with not only each other, but with the rest of your body.


After anesthesia is administered, an incision is made around the areola and sometimes also vertically to the bottom of the breast, then following the curvature of the bottom of the breast. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed and the breast is repositioned to a more youthful, natural position. In most cases, the areola is also reduced in size and the breast is reshaped. Whenever possible, the nipple and areola will stay attached to deeper layers of tissue to preserve sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed.


After the procedure, pain and swelling are common. Numbness or possible increase of sensitivity of the breast and nipples can also occur, and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks, including exercise, heavy lifting, or house/yard work. Soaking in hot tubs/pools should be avoided until incision sites are completely healed, and underwire bras shouldn’t be used for at least nine months.


A breast reduction will help provide you with smaller, more proportionate breasts that may better “fit” the rest of your body. In addition, back or neck pain caused by large breasts will decrease substantially.