Bigger boobs are something that many of us dream about and consider surgery for at some point in our lives. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) reports that 1,773,584 women underwent Breast Augmentation in 2013. This compares with 641,189 having breast reductions (although this figure includes men having breast reductions also). Whilst some women dream of having larger breasts, others already carry the burden and it causes more issues and pain than most of us realise.

Having too large breasts can affect your quality of life. It can be debilitating and incapacitating enough to cause not only physical issues, but emotional ones.

There are many health problems that arise from having larger breasts:

  • Neck, back and shoulder pain;
  • Chafing/rashes (from the breasts rubbing against the skin);
  • Poor posture;
  • Discomfort (unable to sit, stand or sleep without some form of constant adjustment);
  • Breathing issues (from the large weight bearing down on the chest);
  • Migraines/headaches;
  • Nerve damage.

There are also emotional issues associated with being extra well endowed in the breast area. These stem from:

  • Self Consciousness/Paranoia;
  • Undesired attention;
  • Low Self-Esteem;
  • Limitation in everyday tasks and activities;
  • Discrimination (not always for the better);
  • Inability to find clothes/bras that fit;
  • Isolation;
  • Eating disorders.

Having larger breasts can create a lifestyle that revolves around managing them. It often means not being able to do the physical activities that others do. Imagine trying to jog, or even walk certain distances with an extra 5 – 15kg weight bouncing around your neck, pulling on your chest?

Often women with bigger breasts create unwanted attention, leading to lowered self-esteem or self-consciousness. It can mean not wanting to partake in social events, let alone anything to do with sport or physical activities, swimming or other environments where having big breasts could be an issue. Having men (and other women) staring at you (or your boobs) all the time is not something that everyone wants, and those who have it can tell you it’s not necessarily a good thing.

Then there is discrimination. One of our Real Stories, Jeanette, tells us how when she went for job interviews she felt she was being remembered by her boob size, not her skills and abilities. Read about Jeanette’s story here.

Norma StitzNot only that, there is the association between large breasts and sexual innuendoes. For your everyday woman, this is a lot of pressure to have to deal with because of something you were born with and didn’t choose.

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This picture shows Norma Stitz, real name Annie Hawkins – Turner from Atlanta, Georgia in the US, who appeared in the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest natural breasts.

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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