While many celebrities are known for enhancing the size of their chest, there are some who have done the opposite by undergoing breast reduction surgery. For some women, having large breasts can cause a variety of medical problems. Extra weight in the chest can cause neck and back pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, difficulty breathing and/or indentation in the shoulders caused by bra straps. For these reasons, many women undergo breast reduction surgery, which, in most cases, is seen as a life-changing procedure.
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction, medically known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed for women with large breasts. This surgical procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. During the surgery, the size of the areola can also be reduced. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.
Celebrities & Breast Reduction Surgery
When you think about celebrities undergoing plastic surgery, you think about them tightening, lifting, or plumping things. However, there are also procedures available — like breast reduction surgery — that reduce the size of the breasts to bring forth a better quality of life.
These five celebrities are a perfect example of how breast reduction surgery can give women a more comfortable, and less painful way to live their lives:
1. Ariel Winter
Finding it hard to dress up for red carpet events, the 17-year old Modern Family star underwent breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of her breasts from a 32F to a 34D. “I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn’t stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain,” said Winter, who, like most larger chested women, underwent breast reduction surgery to relieve unnecessary back pain.
2. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore, known for her rebellious personality in her younger years, underwent breast reduction surgery in 1992. After her procedure, Barrymore said, “I really love my body and the way it is right now. There’s something very awkward about women and their breasts because men look at them so much. 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.”
3. Queen Latifah
After a 25-pound weight loss, which had no effect on the size of her breasts, Queen Latifah made the decision to undergo breast reduction surgery to proportion the size of her breasts with the rest of her body. “I had lost 25 pounds and my breasts didn’t go anywhere! I was still carrying that load,” said the star in 2003.
4. Soleil Moon Frye
The “Punky Brewster” star underwent breast reduction surgery in 1992, when she was just 16 years old. At only 5’1, Soleil had been the victim of taunting and teasing due to her gigantomastia, in other words, excessive breast tissue. The surgery took her 38DD bust down to 36C, which made going about her daily life more manageable.
5. Janeane Garofalo
Comedian Janeane Garofalo underwent breast reduction surgery because she was uncomfortable with a large chest on her small frame. “I was a 36C or D, and at 5’1, I knew that being a small person with big boobs standing in front of an audience was not going to be easy. I went down to a B cup, and it was the best thing in the whole world.”
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Most women who undergo breast reduction surgery have previously felt that the size of their breasts can restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. They are more interested in physical relief than cosmetic improvement. The best breast reduction candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic we perform approximately 200 breast reduction procedures per year. This makes both Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad two of the most experienced breast reduction surgeons in Canada. Together, they have one main goal: to ensure all their breast reduction patients have the most real, soft and natural look possible.