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Mammary / Breast Hypertrophy

Backaches, neck aches and hunchbacks. Rashes and skin irritation beneath breast folds. Painful grooves in the shoulders from heavy bra straps. Inability to exercise effectively or to participate in sports. Agony shopping for clothes that fit and look proportional. Unwanted attention!

These are just some of the torments that lead women with very large breasts to undergo Breast Reduction Surgery, or Reduction Mammoplasty. For many people, large breasts indicate femininity and beauty. This is not the case, however, for women who suffer the symptoms of having excessively large breasts, as described above.

Mammary Hypertrophy, or disproportionately large breasts, is indeed a disabling physical condition that is often overlooked in a culture that equates large breasts with attractiveness.

Macromastia, Mammary Hypertrophy, or Gigantomastia

Large breasts – an ideal for many women – are nonetheless a source of pain, discomfort, and emotional trauma for many others. Women who suffer from overly large and disproportionate breasts (Mammary Hypertrophy or Macromastia) have felt embarrassment and shame from the time they reach puberty. They are distressed that their breasts, not their achievements or personality, are the first thing that people notice about them. Unlike their friends, they find it difficult to exercise, participate in sports, or to find bras and clothes that fit well.

While some girls experience breast overdevelopment (mammary hypertrophy) during puberty, others develop gigantic breasts (Gigantomastia) during pregnancy. They suffer from chronic backaches, neck aches, painful indentations and grooves in their skin from heavy bra straps that cut their skin, fatigue, skin irritation (Dermatitis) and infection under their breast folds. All of these limit and constrain their lifestyle. In short, their breast size overshadows everything else in their lives.

Macromastia, Mammary Hypertrophy, and Mammary Gigantism are some of the medical terms that refer to excessively large breast size. Breast Reduction or "Reduction Mammoplasty" is the surgical procedure designed to reduce breast size and weight through the removal of excess breast tissue, fat and skin. Reduction Mammoplasty not only makes the breasts more proportionate to a woman's figure, but also lifts them.

According to the America Society of Plastic Surgeons, 114,250 Breast Reduction surgeries were performed in 2005 on women who wanted to live fully participatory, and happier, lives. These were women of all ages who chose the option of Breast Reduction because it is the only one that can realistically correct the physical, and emotional, issues that are caused by excess breast weight.

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Dr. Sean Younai
is a Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, who practices in Encino, Los Angeles, Southern California.

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