were performed in 2009. For insurance coverage in the United States a woman seeking breast reduction must have complaints of physical symptoms (ie neck pain, upper back pain, inframammary rashes, etc).
Even less common are investigations on the effect of RM on weight loss, exercise, and eating behavior. Women with large breasts often find exercising difficult due to public scrutiny and physical constraints. They may even develop eating disorders in an attempt to match their breast size to the rest of their body. ……..Women with macromastia often have
diminished self-esteem, poor psychosexual function, depression, and anxiety.
This is what I saw over my 21 years of practice in taking care of these women.Women who undergo RM have a functional improvement in musculoskeletal pain, headaches, sleep, and breathing. Psychological benefits are vast and include improved self esteem, sexual function, and quality of life, as well as less anxiety and depression. Following RM, women appear to exercise more and have a reduction in eating disorders.
Reduction Mammoplasty (December 19, 2007)