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Problems with large breasts

Breasts come in many different shapes and sizes. From small and round to large and pointy, the combinations are endless and that’s what makes us all unique!

November 29th, 2022 |Ask an Expert

Here at MYA we love to celebrate all breasts, however, those of you with big breasts are likely to understand some of the day-to-day struggles that come with having such a fabulous chest. Today we’ll be talking about all things big boobs, including causes, treatments, and the issues that come with them. 

Causes of large breasts 

Your breast size is determined by genetics and hormonal changes that occur during puberty; a woman’s breasts typically start to develop around the age of 10-15 but this varies per person.

The size of your boobs is often out of your control, but it is likely that your breast size will fluctuate throughout your lifetime due to certain factors that can alter the overall shape. 

Hormonal changes are the number one factor in breast size changes. This doesn’t just mean soreness and swelling during your monthly cycle, but also life choices such as pregnancy and birth control methods can impact your breast size. In some cases, these changes are temporary, but many experience lifelong alterations in the size of their breasts that can lead to further problems.

Gaining weight is another reason why breasts change shape and size. The more weight you put on, the bigger your boobs will get. Some patients find that weight gain causes their breasts to become heavy and often cause discomfort. Sudden fluctuations in weight loss and gain can also cause the breasts to sag, leading to an uneven shape.

Breast reduction patient

Issues caused by large breasts 

Big boobs are great, surely? Not always. Many of our patients are seeking a larger breast size, but there is also a large proportion of patients who are coming to MYA to seek advice and information on breast reductions. 

Large breasts can cause women lots of different issues, both physically and mentally. With large breasts comes the extra added weight, this can lead to associated back and neck pain and poor posture. Heavy boobs can cause some women to experience bra discomfort and irritation from their straps digging into their shoulders.

If you’ve had large breasts since you can remember, or have only recently grown them, you probably know the difficulties that arise when you go shopping. Unfortunately, the selection of clothing and underwear that is tailored to big breasts is somewhat lacking. Although it’s getting better, larger bras are usually only available in a few colours and designs, and bralette tops are a no-go for big boobs. We’ve had countless patients express feeling insecure about their chest size as they find it hard to shop for new clothes. 

Let’s face it, big boobs can just get in the way! Unless you find a sports bra that holds them in place, exercise can be difficult and uncomfortable - even just running up the stairs can be a nightmare. Large breasts can massively impact your day-to-day life, and restrict you from doing the things you really want to. 

Don’t get us started on summer, when those warmer months come by, sweat production goes into overdrive and the increased friction can lead to painful rashes and sore spots. Let alone trying to find swimwear that is supportive, flattering and on trend. 

Do I need a boob job?

Just because your boobs are on the larger side, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have surgery. However, some women choose to have corrective procedures to reduce the size and even out the shape of their big boobs.

There are many options for you to choose from if you struggle with the size and weight of larger breasts, but the most popular procedure would be a breast reduction. This is when tissue, fat, and excess skin are removed to reduce the volume in one or both breasts - sometimes including an areola reduction and/or lift - to create breasts that are more in proportion to the patient’s body.

Heavy breasts can also mean they lose their shape and sag, leaving a lower-sitting chest that can be difficult to find clothes for. This is often referred to as breast ptosis and can be corrected with a  breast uplift -this is the perfect procedure if you’re looking for a more youthful, uplifted look. The nipple will also be repositioned to suit the new breast. 

Extremely large breasts 

Some women with very large breasts have a condition called Gigantomastia, which is defined as excessive growth in breast tissue. Extremely large breasts can be debilitating, affecting a woman’s quality of life, self-esteem and preventing them from participating in physical activities and exercise. 

MYA offers gigantomastia surgery, a procedure that is similar to a breast reduction in technique, however, a greater amount of breast tissue and excess skin (500g+ per breast) is removed during the procedure. A gigantomastia breast reduction can provide patients with life changing results and relieve associated back and neck pain. 

Gigantomastia breast reduction patient

Why is one breast bigger than the other?

It is not uncommon for one breast to be larger than the other, in fact most women’s breasts vary slightly in size and shape and often go unnoticed. However, some women may experience larger variances in their breast size and this is known as breast asymmetry. 

If the difference in breast size is greater than one cup size, this can affect a patient's confidence and self-esteem. Breast surgery is a popular choice for women of all ages who are looking to correct breast asymmetry. 

Contact MYA today to discuss Breast Reductions

If you’re experiencing the issues mentioned and are interested in corrective surgery, MYA Cosmetic Surgery is the helping hand you need. Our team of specialists work with you to create the look you desire, providing you with advice and suggestions along the way. 

We understand if you have questions prior to the consultation and we’re sure we can answer them, putting your mind at ease if you have any concerns. All you need to do is contact us today. 

If you’ve made up your mind on the procedure you’d like to invest in, feel free to book a FREE, no-obligation consultation today to chat with one of our experts today and learn more about MYA Cosmetic Surgery. 

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