Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction

Steven Wiener, M.D.


Many women suffer from disproportionately large and heavy breasts, resulting in neck pain, back pain, bra strap grooving of the shoulders, and rashes beneath their breasts.They often struggle with, and have difficulty with activities of daily living. Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty removes excess breast tissue or glandular tissue, fatty tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size and shape proportionate to your body, and to alleviate the discomfort from heavy, and large breasts.Breast reduction surgery will also lift the breasts to a more attractive position and shape.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 90,000 women undergo breast reduction surgery each year.The physical improvement and the emotional effects make this one of the most satisfying procedures performed. The vast majority of breast reduction surgery is covered by both private and government insurance plans, with certain restrictions per each plan.

Men also often undergo breast reduction surgery for a condition known as gynecomastia, or enlargement of male breasts.According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 20,000 men undergo breast reduction procedures each year.Often changes in estrogen and testosterone levels due to drugs, medications, tumors, or radiation may cause gynecomastia.

Breast reduction surgery consultations often discuss the symptoms associated with large breasts.Photographs and measurements are often made, to document physical findings.Family history, mammogram results, and expected outcomes and realistic expectations are discussed. Surgery is most often performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility.Most patients return home the day of surgery; however a small percentage elect to stay overnight.Complete recovery is achieved in 4-6 weeks, however, most patients return to work within two weeks.The most common complications of breast reduction surgery is scarring, which will fade and improve over time, but never completely disappear.Other complications include delayed healing and numbness.Again, most patients achieve considerable improvement both physically and emotionally.Breast reduction surgery will often improve self-image and self-confidence, and improve daily physical activities.

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, or have any Plastic Surgery questions, consult your local board-certified plastic surgeon.
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