Mastectomy vs Breast Reduction for a post-cancer treated patient? (photo)

I had a good question come up in my Review: "Is breast reduction easier/less invasive than mastectomy? IDK. I sort of thought if they didn't take the lymph nodes or something it would be about the same? " Personally, I said it is more invasive because in a mastectomy you get into muscle, where in a BR you don't. Is that a correct assumption? Could someone explain the difference for us? I have my first consult coming up 13th.
Here is a link to my review.

Doctor Answers 4

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. 

Portland Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Ruben B. Abrams, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
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Mastectomy vs reduction

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

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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