What is an Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure used to remove the excess fat, tissue & skin from the breasts of men and women. If you have large breasts, you may choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is ideal for those who would like a smaller chest. This includes both males and females. Some women find too big of a chest can get in the way of obstruct certain activities and men often do breast reduction surgery to feel more comfortable in their body.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed in office or at an off-site surgery center, and it is an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t have to stay overnight in the hospital after. During the procedure, breast tissue is removed, and the breast is reshaped so you will have natural curves and your chest will appear as though nothing was ever done.
It is the surgeon’s goal to make sure that you are left with aesthetically pleasing results as well as minimal scarring. In general, the procedure can take anywhere from two to four hours depending on the details of your individual case and the amount of reduction that is necessary to obtain your desired results.
After your breast reduction surgery, you will be taken into a recovery room to wake up from anesthesia, and so the doctors and nurses can make sure there are no complications. Once you are discharged to go home, you may experience some swelling and soreness.
During the recovery time, it is important to listen and pay attention to your body, so you know when to call your doctor for help. Generally, the swelling and soreness will subside anywhere from a few days to a few weeks after your surgery.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?
Female patients feel a relief of the back, neck and shoulder pain. Women with larger breasts often experience musculoskeletal issues due to the added strain of large breasts. Male patients have an improved self image and confidence.