Is Breast Reduction Surgery Painful?

Many San Francisco Bay Area women with large breasts have back, neck and shoulder pain. Large breasts can increase stress on the spine. The force of gravity causes the front of the body to pull forward which causes the normal curve of the spine to straighten out causing widespread muscular pain.

Breast Reduction Surgery and Anesthesia

Women looking to eliminate back pain want to know how painful a breast reduction mammoplasty might be. The surgery itself is done under general anesthesia; the patient is asleep and feels no pain during surgery. There is not any dissection of chest muscle (as there is for a breast augmentation) and so is generally much less painful. Since pain thresholds are different for everyone, the patient is given prescription pain medication to keep her comfortable. Most women only need the stronger pain medication for a day or two after surgery and then switch to “over the counter” analgesics such as Tylenol. Of course, any side effects or severe prolonged pain needs to be reported immediately.

Back Pain Relief Post-Surgery

Women with large pendulous breasts notice the immediate relief after surgery from back, neck and shoulder pain, and many say it is easier to breathe with the weight reduced off their chest. After expected general soreness for a few days, the biggest complaint I’ve gotten is that the patient wishes she had the surgery sooner.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, consider filling out our online form to schedule a consultation and gain more information. Dr. Delgado, located in San Francisco, has over 30 years of experience and is more than capable of helping you meet your surgical needs.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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