Breast Reduction and Gynecomastia
Article by Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, removes your excess fat, glandular (breast) tissue, and skin to place your breasts back in your proportion to your body. Importantly, breast reductions can alleviate neck, shoulder, and/or knee pain that can result from heavy breasts. Additional benefits are the lifting of sagging breasts (improves ptosis), as well as areolar reduction.
The breast reduction procedure can be combined with the breast lift procedure. Utilizing the breast lift (mastopexy) procedure, a board certified plastic surgeon can raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Dr. Reddy can also perform the breast lift to reduce the size of the areola.
Gynecomastia comes from the thee term comes from the Greek words gyne meaning "woman" and mastos meaning "breast." In practical terms, this means abnormally large breasts on men. Therefore, Gynecomastia surgery is breast reduction for men.
There are some basic questions that patients can ask to better understand the surgeon, the breast reduction or gynecomastia procedure, and the practice.
Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Are you a Fellow of American or International College of Surgeons?
Are you a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery?
Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
Will you be performing the breast reduction or gynecomastia procedure in a hospital or private setting?
Do you have hospital privileges to perform breast reduction?
Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency?
What do I need to do as the patient to get the best results?
How will you perform the breast reduction or gynecomastia procedure?
What surgical technique is recommended for me?
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
What are the risks and complications associated with the breast reduction or gynecomastia procedure?
How are complications handled?
What results are reasonable for me?
What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of the breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery?
Do you have before-and-after photos that I can look at for breast reduction or gynecomastia?
During a consultation, a board certified plastic surgeon will understand your needs and lifestyle, and tailor solutions that will best meet your objectives?