What are the symptoms of breast hypertrophy?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

The symptoms of breast hypertrophy often bring women to my office for a breast reduction surgery. The main symptoms include: back pain, neck strain, grooving along the shoulder blades from the pressure of the brassiere, ulnar neuropathy (numbness along the medial hand, and arm), rashes or dermatitis underneath the fold. These patients have very large, heavy breasts that may also lead to occipital headaches, difficulty finding supportive brassieres and failure of conservative measures including NSAIDS medications, large brassieres and chiropractor therapy. A breast reduction will greatly reduce all of these symptoms and most often yields very happy and appreciative patients.

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