Mastectomy vs breast reduction.
The muscle has not been involved in mastectomy for over 50 years. Breast reduction is a technically more challenging operation but the healing time is about the same for both the procedures.
Mastectomy vs Breast Reduction for a post-cancer treated patient? (photo)
Breast reduction is an extremely technically demanding operation and requires much skill and expertise. The plastic surgeon needs to plan many things in a breast reduction, contour, symmetry, nipple/areola neurovascular support, closure with minimal tension, to name a few. None of these are crucial in a mastectomy. Hope that answers your question.
Difference Between Mastectomy and Breast Reduction.
Breast reduction is more technically demanding than a mastectomy because a reduction involves maintaining vascularity to the nipple/areola and creating a pleasing breast shape. Mastectomy removes all the breast tissue down to the muscle. There is no surgery on the muscle itself in either operation.
A mastectomy removes all the breast while reduction reduces the size of the breast. A mastectomy is done to treat breast cancer while a reduction is done to reduce the size of large breasts