Procedures > Breast Reduction for Women (Reduction Mammaplasty)

 

A breast reduction can be performed in both men and women.  A breast reduction for women is known as reduction mammaplasty.  A breast reduction for men is called a gynecomastia.

Large breasts may cause physical and mental discomfort and can even harm the women who have them — the size and weight of large breasts can result in self-consciousness, improper posture, pain in the back and neck, indentations from bra straps, skin rashes, breathing problems and skeletal deformities. Breast reduction surgery is usually done to provide physical relief from these symptoms, not for cosmetic reasons.  Performed under general anesthesia, the two- to four-hour procedure removes fat and glandular tissue and trims resultant excess skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body. Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed.

Breasts that are overly large can cause both health and emotional problems in women.  Overly large breasts can cause physical pain and discomfort.  Breasts that are overly large can also cause issues with self esteem.  Overly large breasts can impair one’s ability to lead an active life.  In summary, large breasts can cause emotional discomfort, issues with self-esteem and more importantly – physical pain and discomfort.

Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) for women can help.  The breast reduction cosmetic plastic surgery procedure works by removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin.  The desired result of breast reduction is to achieve a breast size that is in proportion to the body while alleviating discomfort caused by overly large breasts.

 

Breast Reduction Technique

Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is generally performed through incisions on the breasts.  The breast reduction procedure surgically removes the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breast.

When it comes to breast reduction, each case must be analyzed individually, so that the right path can be chosen.  In some cases, breast reduction may be performed by removing excess fat through liposuction along with the excision technique.   In situations in which breast size is mainly due to fatty tissue and excess skin is not a factor, liposuction in itself may be used for breast reduction.

 

More About Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery can interfere with some diagnostic breast procedures.  The ability for a woman to breastfeed following breast reduction may be limited.  Breast reduction is best performed when a woman’s breasts are fully developed.  Pregnancy and significant weight fluctuations can have an impact on breast reduction surgery.

 

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) is a highly individualized procedure.  Breast reduction surgery is more than just a cosmetic procedure.  Breast reduction can greatly improve self-consciousness, improper posture, discomfort associated with the neck and back, bra strap indentations, skin rashes, breathing problems and skeletal deformities. What makes breast reduction surgery different from other breast augmentation is that breast surgery is usually done to provide physical relief from these symptoms, not for cosmetic reasons.