Back problems and Breast Reductions

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One of the most common reasons women undergo breast reduction surgery is because they hope for a reduction in back pain, as well. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the link between breast reductions and relief, but now, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has offered scientific proof.

Eleven women determined to need breast reduction surgery due to macromastia (overly large breasts) and associated problems—including back pain and deep grooves left in the shoulders by bra straps—were given a biomechanical test before and after their procedures. This included lifting a five-pound weight and answering a survey.

The results, presented at the ASPS’s annual conference over the weekend, show the women now have decreased lower back stress and a lessened risk of spine disorders. The women also expressed that making dynamic movements and withstanding static positions are now easier. 

More and more women are finding this out on their own. From 2000 to 2008, there has been an 5% increase in breast reduction surgeries performed in the US.

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