Why women have breast reductions

January 31, 2014

*Disclaimer – There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary from patient to patient. Our team of consultant plastic surgeons will ensure you are in safe hands and discuss your results at your consultation.

“When they’re huge, you become very self-conscious. Your back hurts. You find that whatever you wear, you look heavy in. It’s uncomfortable.”

That was actress Drew Barrymore talking in 1998 about her breasts before she had a breast reduction in 1992. Breast reduction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, so understandably Drew isn’t the only familiar face to have this done.

Mimi Rogers famously said, “When I walked into a room, my breasts were always several steps ahead of me”. Her 34DD chest was reduced to 34D after a breast reduction.

Queen Latifah, Ulrika Jonsson, and our own Amanda Brunker have also had the surgery.

Reasons for breast reductions

While very large breasts might be idolised in some cases, often they mean physical and psychological problems for the women carrying them.

Breast reduction surgery can be a feasible option for these women, and it’s not just for aesthetic reasons. Back, neck and shoulder pain are often a reality, and the extra weight can lead to bad posture. Sometimes the surgery is recommended by doctors and chiropractors.

Past patients have told us about the hassle of shopping for lingerie, swimsuits and dresses that never cater for women with slim torsos and large breasts. They’re daunted by the gym as activities like jogging and Zumba can be uncomfortable and even painful.

Breast reduction satisfaction rates

If these women do decide to have the surgery, they tend to be delighted afterwards. They feel like they lost weight and gained a new, proportional shape. There is almost always a boost of self-confidence, and new motivation to participate in activities that they avoided before.

A recent study confirms the high satisfaction rate for the procedure. The study in the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), found that breast reduction surgery led to improvements in patient’s health and quality of life.

“It was 1 of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Anyone considering a reduction I say go for it! Thank u you changed my life”

Amanda Brunker who had her Breast Reduction with Dr. Jean-Philippe Salmin.

They asked 38 patients to rate the improvement in different areas of their life. Out of 100, satisfaction with breast appearance went from 20 before surgery to more than 80 afterwards.

Scores for psychosocial well-being went from 41 to 84, sexual well-being went from 40 to 78, and physical well-being from 43 to 81.

Patients said the procedure relieved pain in the breast, neck, back and shoulders, but also led to improvements in sleep and the ability to exercise. The study also noted that the benefits of breast reduction are seen shortly after surgery, in as little as six weeks.

“I really love my body and the way it is right now”, said Drew Barrymore in the interview in 1998. Among the many women who undergo the procedure, she is not alone.

Drew Barrymore after her breast reduction

Drew Barrymore after her breast reduction

Our Patient Advisors would be happy to give you more details about breast reductions, just call 01 201 4563, we look forward to welcoming you to The Avoca Clinic.


It is important to note that no surgery is risk-free. All the risks associated will be discussed at length with your consultant and you will leave the clinic ready to make an informed decision. Your suitability will be determined during your complimentary consultation with one of our team of consultant plastic surgeons and our promise to you is safe surgery, premium service in luxurious surroundings at affordable prices.

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