Health trend: Women Opting for Smaller Breasts

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by Health New Digest | August 10, 2010 @ 11:00AM
Medically Reviewed by Sydney Coleman

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28 Year Old Going From Double D To C Cup

Studies Indicate Large Breasts May Be Harmful To Your Health

(Beverly Hills, CA) Southern Californian Kristi Reynolds, 28, wants to get rid of her oversized breasts. “My back and neck ache, my shoulders have an indentation from the straps and I have a hard time standing up straight. Frankly, you stop caring whether another guy looks at your boobs!”

In January 2002, Kristi, an office manager and mother of two, will have her double D breasts reduced to a C cup. It seems that Kristi is not alone: Overall national statistics show a huge increase in breast reduction surgeries from only 6,323 in 1990 to 114,497 in 2000.

Her aesthetic plastic surgeon, Dr. John A. Grossman says, “Big, voluptuous breasts are symbols of the excessive 80s and 90s. Smaller, more youthful, perky breasts with protruding nipples appear to be the new beauty statement of our more realistic, down-to-earth world,” says Dr. Grossman, who performs more breast reduction procedures than ever these days, especially on women 18 to 34.

Dr.Grossman adds that pendulous breasts can lead to serious medical problems. He cites recent studies that indicate that having more breast tissue, being overweight, and having denser breasts are all factors that increase breast cancer risk. Less breast tissue may mean lower risk for breast cancer. The more tissue removed, the lower the eventual risk of disease. National Cancer Institute’s researchers found a 28 percent lower incidence of breast cancer in women who had opted for reduction surgery.

There are several reduction techniques. In one, the enlarged breasts, as well as frequently oversized areolae, can be sculpted and lifted to be both visually pleasing and more comfortable. “Liposuction is also sometimes used for removal of excess tissue or final shaping,” explains Dr.Grossman. “Occasionally, especially with younger women where only a limited amount of tissue needs removal, it may be possible to use liposuction alone to reduce the breast without skin removal. This is particularly effective because it minimizes scarring.

Most patients can return to work after 10 to 14 days. Even then, the breasts will be sensitive. Sports and vigorous activities can be resumed in three to four weeks. Healing and settling of the new breasts as they assume their new shape is progressive over a period of months.

Dr. John A. Grossman will be performing Kristi’s surgery in January, 2002.

With offices in Beverly Hills, CA. and Denver, CO., Dr. John A. Grossman is one of the nation’s premier aesthetic plastic surgeons. Board Certified, a member of the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and affiliated with the University of Colorado Medical School, he has been spotlighted by CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC. He was featured on “EXTR," KCBS in LA, “Oxygen,” “Golf for Women,” “Good Health” (UK), and forthcoming in “Woman’s World,” and “Ladies Home Journal.” He was acclaimed in the “Town and Country” Directory of the Top Cosmetic Surgeons and is repeatedly named by Denver’s “5280” magazine as the city’s finest plastic surgeon.

This article provided by Health News Digest.

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