Reduction mammaplasty is the procedure used to reduce and reshape a large, drooping breast. It not only improves the way a woman looks, but also relieves shoulder and upper back pain often associated with large breasts. This surgery also results in more comfort during physical activity.
Breast reduction can be thought of as a breast lift with removal of more tissue in order to significantly reduce breast volume.
Following breast reduction surgery, a woman's breasts will be more proportional to the rest of her body and her clothes will fit better. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are some of the most satisfied breast surgery patients.
Discomfort after your surgery is controlled with prescribed medication. Complications are uncommon. Seromas, which are fluid collections beneath the skin are the most common, but can be easily treated in the office. Smokers are required to stop smoking at least (inlcuding use of nicotine patches and gum) 4 weeks prior to and after the surgery. Smoking causes delayed healing and can cause the nipple to scab and die.
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia is breast reduction surgery for men. It derives from the Greek words for "woman-like breasts." This condition is far more common than many realize, affecting an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. It may affect only one breast or both. Some cases of gynecomastia can be attributed to drugs such as anabolic steroids, medications containing estrogen, alcohol, marijuana, or medical conditions like cancer and impaired liver function. However, it is widely accepted that a large percentage of cases derive from unknown sources.
Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction and/or by cutting out excess glandular tissue. The surgery is accomplished through an incision around the areola, which will fade over a period of time. There will be some post-operative bruising and swelling. To assist with the healing process, a pressure garment is worn for 3-6 weeks and patients must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least 6 months.
Healthy and emotionally stable men of any age are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, surgery may be discouraged for overweight men who have not first tried an exercise and diet regimen.