How a Smaller Bust Helped One Woman Live Healthier

In college, Yolanda Richardson was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court at the University of Toledo. She holds the school record for blocked shots and helped lead her team to the WNIT championship in 2011 where she was named to the All Tournament Team.

While she struggled with the challenges of having large breasts in college, the challenges became more difficult after the birth of her son, Xavier. Her breasts grew from a size DDD to HH and the physical demands became almost unbearable.

Thomas Flanigan, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with ProMedica Physicians, said Yolanda was a typical breast reduction patient. She faced chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as hygiene and social challenges.

During Yolanda’s breast reduction surgery, Dr. Flanigan removed 11 pounds of breast tissue, bringing Yolanda to a size DD.

Watch the video above to learn more about Yolanda’s journey and why she calls the outcome “a blessing on top of blessings.” Now, she’s able to do more, including get back on the court.

Learn more about breast reduction surgery in this video with Dr. Flanigan.