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Can BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY help with shoulder and neck pain?

Many women with larger breasts undergo Breast Reduction Surgery not just to achieve smaller, more youthful breasts that are proportionate to their bodies but also to relieve the discomfort caused with larger breasts. Having excessively large breasts can cause strain on some parts of the body causing health related issues. Here we will look into this and see if your symptoms can be relieved by Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction mammoplasty).

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery can help to alleviate back pain.

Excessively large breasts are known to be the cause of physical discomfort for some women as they put strain on the shoulders and neck to support them. The condition is called symptomatic macromastia, and can affect several parts of the body. The most common are shoulders, neck, breasts and upper back pain. These are at times accompanied by headaches due to the effect on the nervous system around the upper spine. This can have knock-on effects and the prolonged pain can reduce the ability to exercise properly leading to other issues with fitness and weight gain if left untreated. In addition with heavy breasts the Bra straps can dig in causing recurrent skin rashes and irritations.

The good news is that reducing the weight of the breasts through Breast Reduction Surgery, can indeed alleviate the problem. Breast Reduction Surgery directly removes excess fat and glandular tissues from the breast thus focusing on the cause of the pain, resulting in high satisfaction rate in patients.

Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery has been long documented in several medical studies. These studies have shown that there was improved skeletal alignment, reduced or eliminated pain in the shoulder and neck, resulting in increased participation in sports and improved quality of life. Research has shown virtually all women who underwent breast reduction surgery experienced an improvement in their symptoms and health related quality of life, regardless of the exact weight of breast tissue removed.

If you experience these symptoms and are thinking about Breast Reduction Surgery, as a top Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeon in Sydney Dr Safvat offers highest standards in surgery, using short scar technique for minimal scaring, all in the most comfortable and prestigious private hospitals; providing impeccable after care for his patients.

Dealing with chronic shoulder and neck pain, along with the associated symptoms of macromastia, can be draining over time. The idea of Breast Reduction Surgery can be a worrying prospect as well. This is why for those contemplating Breast Reduction Surgery in Sydney, Dr Safvat understands the problems you are facing and the often difficult choices that need to be made. He will fully explain and help guide you through the process making sure that you are well informed, both of the procedure itself, risks and benefits and recovery time needed afterward.

Breast Reduction Surgery not only enhances the appearance of breasts achieving better shaped breasts (proportionate to body), but more importantly relieves the associated symptoms and discomfort and from a functional point of view has a very high level of satisfaction.

Contact us or give us a call on 02 8759 7701. Or you can email us at We would love to talk to you and provide you with more information on Breast Reduction Surgery.

Plastic Surgery “THE JOURNEY!”

The term “Plastic” used for Plastic Surgery comes from the Greek word “Plastikos” which means: To mold, to create, to reconstruct, to shape, to form…

The birth place of plastic surgery is in ancient India. There are historic records of reconstructive plastic surgery being performed in ancient India around 600 BC. “Sushruta” has been quoted to have done the first nose reconstructions, for individuals who had lost their nose in battle or as a punishment. Later the Romans also have been credited for performing nasal and facial reconstruction. There is not a great deal of information available about these early methods of nasal reconstruction as they were really kept as a trade secret in the families and passed from father to son for fiscal reasons.

As a Plastic Surgeon in the 21st century, with all the technology and anaesthetics available at my disposal, I can only read these tales with admiration and some disbelief and wonder how they did it or how much pain the patients had to endure.

The Grandfather of modern plastic surgery is “Gasparo Tagliacozzi” the Italian 16th century physician, who experimented with reconstructive flaps to cover facial or other wounds, after noting the need for plastic surgery due to duels, street brawls, ets… For Tagliacozzi, Plastic Surgery was to restore and make whole those parts that nature or ill-fortune has taken away, not only for the delight of the eye but also to lift up the spirit and help the mind of the afflicted.

If Tagliacozzi is the grandfather of plastic surgery, then the fathers of Modern Plastic Surgery are really “Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archie McIndoe”. They were both New Zealanders (cousins) working in the UK around War World 1 and WW2. They worked on the RAAF Pilots with bad facial and burns injuries. Both pioneered many of the current plastic surgery techniques for Facial trauma, Burns Surgery and other field of plastic surgery. Although they are most famous for their reconstructive work on the service-men, they also had a striving private practice, and were consulted by many of the famous people of the era. Gillies has been accredited with performing one of the first sex-change operations both from male to female and vice versa. Both Gillies and McIndoe designed different surgical forceps that carry their name and are still widely used by surgeons worldwide.

Modern Plastic Surgery is a vast and fascinating field of Surgery. It encompasses more than just Cosmetic Surgery, which is what is promoted by the TV programs such as “Nip /Tuck”, “Extreme Makeover”… Plastic Surgeons look after major Burns, Skin cancers, Hand surgery (both elective and traumatic), Facial trauma, Reconstructive surgery, cleft lip and palate, Craniofacial disease, Microsurgery and of course Cosmetic Surgery. It is not surprising then that Plastic Surgeons need to call upon meticulous and precise surgical techniques as well as an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the whole body.

I remember my Final fellowship exam (to become a Plastic Surgeon), which is conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for all the Surgical specialties (Neurosurgery, Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Ear Nose & Throat, orthopaedic etc.) examined on the same day. In the Anatomy exam, each of the other specialties just had one or two section of the human body that they needed to know, and were examined on. In plastic surgery, however, my examiner started with questions about the human skull and where the muscles attach to it, then moved gradually down the body until we reached the foot where I was asked about the blood supply to the various muscles in the foot!

Plastic Surgery requires attention to minute details, ultimate technical skills and knowledge, as well as an artistic flare. In all its forms it can change the course of a person’s life by giving him or her more self-confidence and enhance their morale.

To me as was to Tagliacozzi Plastic Surgery is one way humankind seeks improvement of self both physically and emotionally.