Ariel Winter, the 17 year old star of the TV hit, Modern Family, recently revealed that earlier this summer, she underwent breast reduction surgery. In her interview with Glamour Magazine, Ariel talks candidly about her decision to undergo breast reduction. Struggling with the emotional and physical burden of her size 32F breasts, Ariel made the decision to reduce her breasts to a more modest 34D. Like Ariel, many women understand the perils of a too-ample chest—as she said, “I was 15 years old with size F breasts… its like, ‘How do you navigate that?’”.
Ariel is not alone in her struggle—according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2014 alone, over 100,000 women underwent breast reductions for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, Dr. Bajaj explains that a breast reduction is used to treat macromastia—“a term used to describe excessively large breasts”.
Why a Breast Reduction Might Be Right for You
The physical pain caused by large breasts can be excruciating: “It was so painful. I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn’t stand up straight for long periods of time… My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine”. Like Ariel, many women can relate to the often debilitating discomfort. Common symptoms of macromastia include:
• Neck, shoulder, and back pain
• Inframammary intertrigo (inflammation under the breast)
• Chronic headaches and migraines
• Ulnar nerve paresthesis (numbness and tingling in the fingers)
“It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health… I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have”
As any women with larger breasts can attest, the physical pain often pales in comparison to the psychological and emotional distress. Ariel recalls that she “just didn’t feel that happy”. Especially disheartening to Ariel was how other’s perceived her—recounting her past frustrations, she said, “that’s all people would recognize me by”. Expanding on this, Dr. Bajaj reiterates Ariel’s point, “Some of my patients have expressed embarrassment because of their large breasts and are hesitant to wear certain types of clothing or participate in certain activities that may call attention to their breasts”.
“I feel like a new person”
Breast reduction surgery is often the best option for a woman suffering from pain, stress, and discomfort due to disproportionately large breasts. For many women, a breast reduction restores balance both to their body and to their life. Let Ariel be an inspiration to you, “I can’t really put into words how amazing it feels to really feel right”.
Do you relate to Ariel’s struggle? Working closely with you, Dr. Bajaj can help determine whether reduction mammoplasty could benefit you. Please, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bajaj at Bajaj Plastic Surgery.