Women with very large, pendulous breasts experience a variety of medical problems caused by the breasts' excessive weight. These symptoms may range from back or neck pain to skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Bra-straps may leave indentations in shoulders and occasionally, neuralgia (traction on the nerves) within the armpit region may result. Unusually large breasts can make a woman or teen-age girl extremely self-conscious and impede their ability to exercise. Breast reduction is designed for such women.

The breast reduction procedure removes various amounts of fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It also will raise the nipple areola complex, as well as reducing the size of the areola. Breast reduction is not generally recommended for women who intend to breastfeed. In many cases, breast reduction surgery is reimbursed by your insurance carrier.