Attention ladies – please share this if you know someone whose back pain, neck pain or migraines are ruining their life.
Many women in the community may not make the connection between their pain or migraines and breast size. Dr Yunaev spoke with Dr Suzie Bekir, Sydney-based general practitioner, about the common discomfort patients with large breasts experience, and they shared their experiences from both a surgical and a primary care point of view.
A breast reduction is a surgery that many women are most grateful for as it provides instant relief to a lifetime of back, neck and shoulder pain as well as unwanted attention to their chest. Interestingly it is never too late to have this procedure, as the benefits are self-evident.
Dr Yunaev, a Principal Breast Cancer Surgeon in Sydney has helped many women who were suffering from the discomforts associated with large breast and he is highly aware of the distresses that can be associated with it.
In a recent conversation, Dr Yunaev and Dr Suzie shared some of their patients’ experiences with issues caused by overly large breast. It is not uncommon for those patients to be experiencing severe back pain, neck pain and migraines that they couldn’t associate with their large breasts.
One of the patient’s case studies shared between the two doctors was about a particular young patient in her 20’s that had recently returned to see the general practitioner Dr Suzie after undergoing breast reduction surgery.
The young woman was seeing Dr Suzie for some time managing chronic neck pain and headaches. She was absolutely delighted with her breast reduction results and the positive impact the surgery had already made in her life.
Clearly, her breasts were a heavy burden for her thin frame but she was so happy particularly about her chronic neck pain – it was no longer bothering her. “She couldn’t stop telling me about all the changes in her life since her cup size had dramatically reduced” – shared Dr Suzie.
A breast reduction surgery is a similar operation to a breast lift, however, not only is the excess skin envelope of the breast removed but also the breast tissue itself is excised to reduce the total volume of the breast. This type of surgery aims to achieve a breast size that is more proportional to the patient’s body frame, and it can relieve a number of discomforts associated with overly large breasts.
Excessively large breasts can generate both health and emotional problems to patients. Dr Yunaev is accustomed to hearing about the issues that it creates in a patient’s lives. “Aesthetic problems can have such a dramatic impact on people’s lives. It’s of extreme importance trying to correct it for the quality of life of our patients” – says Dr Yunaev.
Helping patients feel confident is of paramount importance for Dr Michael Yunaev. One of his main motivations is to help patients to both feel confident again and feel comfortable in their day to day surroundings, and for breast reduction patients the results and changes associated with it are remarkable.
The improvements of this surgery can be very significant. In Dr Suzie’s patient’s own words: “I can wear sports bras now! My breasts don’t bounce as much so I can actually run, dresses actually fit me now so I don’t have to constantly buy skirts with tops and I no longer need duct tape!”
While it seems strange to think that many women would pay thousands of dollars for large breasts while some women are desperate for smaller breasts, what is more strange is that many women in the community may not even make the connection between their pain or migraines and breast size!
“I certainly wonder how many women may be missed who suffer neck pain, migraines or back pain who might benefit from considering that their breasts could be too heavy for their frame and be impacting on their posture and health”, says Dr Yunaev.
Medical Breast Reduction Surgery performed by qualified breast reduction surgeons has Medicare rebates for those with chronic musculoskeletal pains – obviously, you will need to be assessed for your eligibility.
Many studies indicate reduction mammaplasty or breast reduction surgery has an overall high patient satisfaction rate. It’s effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with large breasts and improve the quality of life and self-esteem of women.
Nevertheless, a breast reduction surgery is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. If you were considering a breast reduction procedure, Dr Michael Yunaev would assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.
According to Dr Michael Yunaev “My mission for every patient – whether they have been newly diagnosed with cancer or want to aesthetically improve their breast – is to use the most advanced technology to bring the very best possible outcome and patient care. My team and I are committed to tailoring a personalised approach to you and your concerns, so that you may benefit from our expertise and we can meet your expectations.”
“Now men are looking at my face and not just my boobs” the patient laughed in Dr Suzie’s room.
Maybe women’s breast size needs more medical attention. Could breast size be impacting on your health?
About Dr Michael Yunaev
Dr Michael Yunaev is an Oncoplastic Breast, General and Cosmetic Surgeon and is the Principal Doctor at Breast & Body Clinic. Dr Yunaev is a highly trained Surgeon with extensive experience and passion for the treatment of all aspects of Breast Cancer Surgery, Benign and Congenital Breast Disease and Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery, as well as General Surgery.
About Dr Suzie Bekir
Dr Suzie Bekir, MBBS FRACGP, is a General Practitioner and co-founder of Australian Allergy Centre and collective.care clinics at Bella Vista, Edgecliff and Wollongong.