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Breast Reduction

0757_paginaAside from their aesthetic aspect, very big breasts can entail important physical repercussions. So with, breast reductions are not only an aesthetic matter, but they also avoid that the weight excess affects the spinal column causing pain and important alterations. The photograph shows a patient with virginal hypertrophy who underwent breast reduction surgery. We can see the beneficial effects of the procedure which favored her weight loss.

Breast hypertrophy is exceedingly large breast volume. Breast volume augmentation can be due to a single, isolated symptom, especially in young patients (juvenile breast hypertrophy) or together with breast sagging (mammary hypertrophy with ptosis). It is usually due to an exaggerated development of the mammary glands or adipose tissue and is frequently followed by tissue alteration (mammary dysplasia) and an inability to breastfeed.

There are different types of hypertrophy. Type 1 corresponds to subjective augmentations. Type 2 includes physical symptoms such as backaches or spinal column alterations. In type 3, the symptoms are more severe and breast volume can reach disproportionate sizes, going over 1000gr (Gigantomasty).

These are relative classifications, since what in some countries might not be considered normal, in others it might be the beauty ideal. For example, in Western Europe correct breast volume would range from 200cc-300cc, whereas in the USA it goes from 400cc-500cc and in central European countries sizes from 500cc-700cc are considered to be normal.

Finally, in order to define breast hypertrophy it is necessary to take the social characteristics into account along with and above all, the woman’s biotype: weight, height, width of the thorax and bone-muscle structure.

Breasts that are too large can cause both physical problems and psychological alterations of different levels. A negative body self-image can even cause the person’s denial of said body part, causing disorders in the field of relationships, and, above all, in the psychosexual field.


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