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What Is the Connection Between Large Breasts and Back Pain?

You can have too much of a good thing.

Ask any woman with overly large breasts how she feels about them and she’ll tell you that big breasts can be a literal pain. This is because many women with large breasts experience back and neck pain.

What’s the connection between breast size and back pain? What can you do if your breasts are causing discomfort? We’ll explore these topics to help you determine if breast reduction in Minneapolis may be a good option for you.

Large Breasts and Back Pain: What’s the Connection?

Research is still exploring the connection between large breasts and back pain, but it does appear that there is a link. Several medical studies show that a large breast size and upper back pain often occur together. It is believed that the weight of heavy breasts can create downward force on muscles, tendons, and bones, creating pain and discomfort. Large breasts can also inhibit the body’s ability to move easily and properly, leading to weight gain and discomfort from reduced physical activity.

We see the link between large breasts and back pain almost every day at our practice. Our breast reduction patients tell us how much better they feel after surgery. These women report increased confidence and comfort after their procedures.

If you’re experiencing back pain and you have large breasts, come see Dr. Landis to explore breast reduction surgery.

What Happens During a Breast Reduction Procedure?

Breast reduction surgery removes skin, fat, and tissue to create smaller, rounded, more lifted breasts. This procedure improves both the shape and size of the breasts, bringing them into better proportion with the rest of the body.

There are several different techniques for breast reduction surgery. Dr. Landis typically performs a vertical reduction mammoplasty. This technique minimizes scarring and produces a perky breast with lots of forward projection. This approach is less invasive than some breast reduction techniques, allowing patients to recover more quickly and significantly reducing discomfort after surgery.

Dr. Landis will customize your surgery based on factors such as your personal aesthetic goals and unique anatomy. He’ll work with you to create breasts that complement your body and help you to feel more comfortable and confident.

Will Breast Reduction Surgery Eliminate My Back Pain?

Are heavy breasts weighing you down? Many of our patients report a dramatic decrease in back, shoulder, or neck pain after breast reduction surgery.

Other potential benefits of this procedure include:

  • Improved clothing fit
  • Increased comfort and fewer limitations during exercise
  • Reduced pain in back, shoulder, and neck
  • Reduced discomfort from bra straps
  • Improved proportions
  • Relief from itching and rashes underneath the breasts

While this procedure is commonly performed to reduce pain and discomfort from heavy breasts, each patient responds to surgery differently. The benefits you’ll experience will depend on many factors including the size of your natural breasts, the amount of breast tissue removed, and the symptoms you’re experiencing before surgery.

Ask Dr. Landis what benefits you’re likely to experience after breast reduction surgery.

Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?

Back pain caused by large breasts may be considered a treatable medical condition by your health insurance company. Many policies will pay a portion of your surgical costs if certain conditions are met. Insurance coverage and policies vary greatly. Talk with your insurance company for more information about your policy.

Learn more about breast reduction surgery with Dr. Landis by calling (952) 562-5940 to schedule a consultation. Contact us today!

Plastic Surgery Trends During the Holiday Season

However you decide to celebrate this year, you deserve to look and feel your best this holiday season. Which of these plastic surgery holiday trends will you participate in during 2020?

The Gift of Beauty

What do you give the person who has everything? They don’t need another mug. They already have too many sweaters. Why not give the gift of beauty?

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a trend of giving plastic surgery procedures and gift certificates for the holiday season. Sometimes, family members or friends pool their resources to help pay for a breast augmentation or facelift procedure for a special someone on their holiday list. Non-surgical options like Botox or dermal fillers are also popular holiday gifts.

If you’re hoping to give the gift of beauty this year, contact us to explore options. Man or woman, old or young, this is one holiday gift anyone on your list will love.

Non-Surgical Treatments for a Pre-Holiday Touchup

When you only see family once or twice a year, it’s essential to look your best when you get together. Our patients love using our non-surgical treatments to get holiday ready.

Holiday get-togethers may look a little different this year, but looking great is always on trend, whether you’re enjoying cocktails at home during a work Zoom Christmas party or gathering at an in-person New Year’s Eve event.

Botox and dermal fillers are two of our most popular non-surgical treatments. These injectables provide quick results with minimal downtime. We recommend scheduling your treatments at least a week before any holiday parties. A week will give you plenty of time to recover and will ensure your results are event-ready.

Take a Holiday Staycation and Get Plastic Surgery Instead

Many of our patients have chosen to defer their holiday travel this year. Staying home for the holidays provides a unique opportunity to treat yourself to a long-awaited plastic surgery procedure.

Scheduling your treatment over the holidays is a popular plastic surgery trend. Having built-in time off from work means you won’t need to use precious vacation days for your recovery. No one needs to know you had a cosmetic procedure over your holiday break.

Take a staycation this holiday season. Get the liposuction or breast surgery you’ve always wanted and start the new year with a new look and new confidence. If you’re dreaming of plastic surgery this holiday season, start planning now with a consultation. The holidays are almost here!

Trends come and go, but looking great will never go out of style. Dr. George Landis is delighted to bring top-quality plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments to men and women in Plymouth and Minneapolis. Contact our office to learn more about your options or to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.

When Is An Eyelid Lift Medically Necessary?

Blepharoplasty (frequently referred to as an eyelid lift) is a popular procedure to resolve drooping upper or lower eyelids. While the procedure is designed to restore a youthful appearance, there are also potential medical benefits to improve vision and eye function.  

The problem of drooping upper eyelids may occur for several different reasons, which may require different treatments. The most common issues are the downward displacement of the eyelid margin (blepharoptosis) and excess eyelid skin (dermatochalasis).

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower or upper eyelids. A common question board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Landis, hears regularly: when is eyelid surgery medically necessary?

Medical Reasons for Upper Eyelids Drooping

The most critical factor in determining the medical necessity of blepharoplasty is what the patient is experiencing. Typically, the patient will know their eyelids are causing problems with vision when they are prevented from doing activities like driving and reading or experiencing headaches or eye strain.

In addition to these lifestyle issues, there are objective findings that your surgeon will discover through physical exam and studies,  like visual field testing, photographs, and eyelid measurements. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, indicators for medical need for an eyelid lift include:

  • The patient notices functional impairment
  • The distance between the center of the pupil and the edge of the eyelid (margin reflex distance) is less than 2mm
  • Superior visual field loss 
  • Impaired reading or other near-sighted activities
  • Eye discomfort or strain
  • Chin-up head tilt
  • Optical interference because of hooded upper eyelids

Keep in mind – these are not rules but suggested guidelines. The determination for a functional diagnosis for surgery is necessary for the patient’s insurance coverage. Each health care company has its own guidelines, which may be different than these indicators. A consultation with Dr. Landis can help you to determine whether you may qualify for medical blepharoplasty.

Cosmetic Improvement

Blepharoplasty not only corrects eyelids from drooping over your eyes and impairing your vision but has the added benefit of making you look more alert and younger. One of the problems with aging eyelids is that when they become hooded, puffy, and hide your eyes, they can give you the appearance of being tired and worn. After an eyelid lift, patients are excited to look younger and more focused. It can affect not only their appearance but how others see them at home and on the job.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you feel your upper eyelids are causing significant cosmetic issues or functional problems, you may be a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. Come in for a professional assessment to explore your options.

Start the Process

If you are struggling with impaired vision because your upper eyelids droop down over your eyes and you would like to know more about your options to correct the problem and improve your lifestyle, Dr. Landis can help. He along with his dedicated team of health care professionals help patients in the Minneapolis area get the care they deserve. 

Contact us today or call (952) 562-5940 to schedule a consultation

Pairing Surgical Body Contouring Procedures: Which Go Together

When considering body contouring, there are multiple procedures which can work together to ensure you get the results you want. Whether you need help in the tummy, breasts, buttocks, or thighs, there is a solution for you, and at times more than one. 

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Landis offers procedures designed to eliminate excess fat and skin for optimal results. For many patients, he can pair two or more together to help you achieve your aesthetic goals in one surgical session.  When he consults with patients about combining these surgical procedures, more times than not the most popular cosmetic surgery is part of the conversation. 


This popular aesthetic procedure has been around for several decades and has proven to be a safe, effective solution for pesky fat bulges that seem resistant to diet and exercise. By surgical standards, it’s minimally invasive and has a short recovery. Removing excess fat is essential to eliminate unwanted fat cells and improve body outline. Pairing liposuction with other body contouring procedures is a popular way to enhance results. Dr. Landis often combines liposuction with breast surgery, a lower facelift, fat transfer, and tummy tuck, to name a few. 

Mommy Makeover

By definition, a mommy makeover is a combination of body contouring procedures designed to restore pre-pregnancy outlines to mothers dealing with the after-effects of bearing children and breastfeeding. The operation deals mainly with the breast and belly areas but can also include the thighs, hips, and love handles.

Breast surgeries like breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction are combined with a tummy tuck to rejuvenate a youthful figure and improve skin tone. 

The Breasts

During the aging process, especially after bearing children, breasts may lose volume and elevation. Breast augmentation with implants will improve firmness, size, and shape. With a wide selection of breast implants to choose from, the patient may either restore the breasts she had before motherhood or attain the breasts she has wanted since puberty. 

A breast lift does what its name implies; it rises breast elevation to their youthful perkiness. Combining breast augmentation with a breast lift will give the patient the best of both worlds; size and shape enhancements with that upward turn enjoyed when she was younger.  

After Weight Loss

When a man or woman loses a massive amount of weight, they are on their way to a healthier life. Unfortunately, when losing a lot of weight, excess skin may cause a problem. Body contouring procedures are an effectual remedy to eliminate excess skin to improve the shape and comfort of the patient. By removing sagging skin, clothes fit better without irritation and discomfort, and the body looks sleeker, slimmer, and taut, effectively completing its transformation.

Learn More

There are several combinations to body contouring procedures to help you achieve the body you want. A consultation with Dr. Landis will help you plan a solution that will make you feel great about the way you look while enhancing other aspects of your life, like shopping for clothes or enjoying warm weather outings. To learn more about how you can improve your figure by combining body contouring procedures, contact Dr. Landis today. 

Call 952-562-5940 or schedule a consultation today.

What 2018 Taught Us About Plastic Surgery

The first mentions of plastic surgery in human history date back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt and India, hundreds of years BC. Though it is thousands of years old, plastic surgery is a field in which growth and innovation are celebrated, and the best plastic surgeons never stop learning new techniques and procedures. Here is what we learned this past year about plastic surgery:

Seeking Out Highly-Qualified and Board-Certified Surgeons is Critical for Your Safety and Surgical Outcomes.

In 2018, we learned that the risk for death for gluteal fat grafting (also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift) was much higher than for other cosmetic surgeries.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released a warning about this procedure that revealed a death rate of about 1 in 3,000 patients. While cosmetic surgeries are considered to be relatively safe for healthy patients, there is some risk, and more for some procedures.

Because of the risk associated with this and other cosmetic surgeries, it is critical that you seek out a physician who is committed to patient safety and has a great deal of experience. Not all surgeons are created equal! Find a board-certified surgeon to do your surgery, as this ensures that he has completed a rigorous residency training program and has been able to demonstrate mastery of surgical techniques through extensive testing.  Physicians who are not board-certified have not demonstrated this level of mastery; why trust your beauty (and your life) to a lesser qualified surgeon?

Dr. Landis upholds the highest ethical and patient safety standards for all of his procedures, and he has decades of experience that will ensure you get the best care and outcomes for your plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery isn’t Just for Women.

Though plastic surgery has traditionally been sought out by women who want to enhance their appearance, more and more men are turning to cosmetic surgeons for help in aesthetic enhancement and to boost their self-confidence. Just in the past year, the number of men seeking procedures such as male breast reduction, abdominoplasty, or liposuction has increased significantly. Dr. Landis has been performing plastic surgery on men for more than two decades, and he understands the physical and emotional factors at play for men.

Weight Loss Isn’t Enough to Give You the Body You Want.

We know that sustained and substantial weight loss requires a great deal of commitment and hard work from our patients, and we will celebrate your success in your weight loss journey! However, we’ve learned over the years that losing weight alone is often not enough to give our patients the body that they’ve been craving.  Even after losing tens or even more than a hundred pounds, many people have excess skin and fat that creates unsightly bulges and unflattering silhouettes.  That is why Dr. Landis has honed his skills in body contouring procedures through years of performing these surgeries on his patients; he knows that the removal of this excess skin and fat can finally give you the shape you’ve been working so hard to obtain!

We are committed to always learning and striving for the best in patient care and outcomes standards. For more information on the many ways that Dr. Landis can help you become your best self in the coming year, contact us at 952.562.5940 today.


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