Can Large Breasts Cause Upper Back Pain?

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Upper back pain is experienced by many people. Women with large breasts, however, often experience back pain to a greater extent than others. Many wonder whether or not large breasts are the cause of this pain.

The answer is not as simple as it may seem because back pain can be caused by many different factors. Still, a doctor or plastic surgeon may recommend breast reduction surgery in certain instances to decrease upper back in women with large breasts.

What is Upper Back Pain?

The upper back is the part of the back from the bottom of the neck down to the bottom of the rib cage. This includes the back of the shoulder and the area behind the heart and lungs. Upper back pain within these regions can be caused by many reasons including:

  • Poor posture

  • Overuse of the muscles which can occur with too much exercise or physical labor

  • Traumatic injury to the upper back resulting from car accidents, slips, falls, or other traumas

  • Herniated disks

  • Pinched nerves

  • Osteoarthritis or other forms of arthritis in the upper back

Can Large Breasts Cause Upper Back Pain?

Large breasts are typically classified as breasts which are cup D or larger. Breasts of these sizes can cause upper back pain and increase pain caused by other factors. The reasons for this is because the size and weight of large breasts force the spine to curve unnaturally within the upper back.

This bend can contribute to poor posture, resulting in the overuse of muscles, and even lead to herniated disks or pinched nerves. Of course, this won’t happen immediately. A woman with large breasts may be safe from back pain for quite some time. However, after years of walking around with this extra weight, upper back pain may develop.

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Is Breast Reduction Surgery Needed?

There many methods which can reduce upper back pain associated with large breasts. Regular stretching, wearing the right type of bra, or walking with an upright posture might all be helpful. If back pain or large breasts are becoming too much of an inconvenience, breast reduction surgery is also a choice.

Breast reduction surgery ultimately results in a smaller breast size. By removing fat, tissue, and skin within the breast, surgeons reduce the size of large breasts. This surgery is also cosmetic. Women can often choose the size of breast they want at the end of the surgery. After one surgery, breasts which may have always felt too large for the body can be sculpted to become perfectly perpendicular with the rest of the body.

The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is what most people refer to as a “nose job.” It’s usually performed for cosmetic purposes to help patients regain self-esteem, and is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery today. However, occasionally patients require it to resolve breathing problems as a result of structural defects in the nose.

Some examples of what rhinoplasty can treat are: nose size, nose width, a nose with visible bumps or ridges on the bridge, a droopy or upturned nose tip, nostrils that are too large or narrow, and nose asymmetry. Patients should bear in mind that some asymmetry is to be expected.

Hoes Does Rhinoplasty Work?

Rhinoplasty is performed primarily using two different techniques:

1. Open technique: The open technique (or external rhinoplasty) involves making a tiny incision on the columella, which is the delicate tissue separating the nostrils. Since the open technique grants a clearer view of problem areas, this method allows the surgeon to more accurately reshape and contour the nose according to the patient’s desires. It is ideal for patients with more complex or difficult nose shapes.

2. Closed technique: In the closed technique (or endonasal rhinoplasty), incisions are made inside the nose, preventing scars from being visible. Unlike in the open technique, the closed technique does not involve making any incisions on the columella, which reduces post-surgical swelling. The absence of this additional incision also results in a slightly faster procedure.

Many are afraid of experiencing pain during rhinoplasty, but because incisions take place during each method, the patient will be sedated. Luckily, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so the patient does not need an overnight hospital stay and can return home relatively soon after the surgery is completed.

What is Rhinoplasty

Cost of Rhinoplasty

The average cost of rhinoplasty itself is $5,125, but this does not include other medical expenses associated with surgery. Anesthesia costs typically range from $800 to $2,000. The fees for operating room facilities, prescription medication, and other medical expenses should also be taken into consideration when figuring the cost for rhinoplasty.

While it may be expensive, patients typically report high levels of satisfaction and self-esteem after undergoing rhinoplasty. If you feel your nose is reducing the overall quality of your life, don’t hesitate to call us at 913-451-3722 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jon Rast.