Do You Need a Breast Reduction?

A checklist of symptoms to determine if breast reduction surgery is right for you and how to find a surgeon.


The number of women opting for breast reductions has jumped 25% in recent years—to 106,000 in the latest annual count by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Experts say women who could benefit from a reduction often complain of:

  • Pain in the shoulders, back, and neck


  • Rashes on the undersides of the breasts


  • Difficulty running, jogging, or playing high-impact sports, or golfing because breasts get in the way


  • Asymmetry, where one breast may be as much as two cup sizes larger than the other


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Last Updated: February 19, 2009

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