Breast Reduction for Men and Women
- Breast Reduction Techniques
- Breast Reduction Risks
- Breast Reduction Recovery
- Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Treatment)
Women with excessively large breasts that are too large in proportion to their body frame can greatly benefit from breast reduction. These women not only complain about their appearance but they also suffer from physical symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, bra marks on the shoulders from the excessive weight, and recurrent skin rashes. Breast reduction surgery can solve these problems and dramatically improve the appearance of the breast.
Breast Reduction Techniques
With multiple breast reduction techniques available, the plastic surgeon will choose the one that is best for the size and the shape of the individual patient’s breasts. At the initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your breasts, take measurements and photographs, and discuss the most appropriate technique, as well as factors such as medical history, medications used, and any allergies. The physician will also provide information about the operation and subsequent scarring. Like most breast surgeries, a mammogram before the procedure is beneficial.
Breast Reduction Risks
Women who plan to breastfeed in the future should postpone this operation because breast reduction can interfere with breastfeeding. Some techniques may be able to preserve the ability to breastfeed, but it is not guaranteed. Other possible risks of the operation include infection, bleeding, problems with scar formation, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. It is important to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery. Any non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, which may increase the bleeding, should be stopped as well.
For some, insurance coverage may be available for breast reduction surgery. Many factors determine eligibility, including the type of insurance policy and the amount of tissue that needs to be removed during the surgery.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Most patients are able to go home the same day as their breast reduction surgery, but some may need to stay the night. After the surgery, you may be asked to wear a special brassiere for four to six weeks.
Patients are usually able to return to normal activities in a week, but should avoid rigorous exercises, especially those involving the arms, for at least four weeks. Usually, patients will be able to return to their sports activities in four to six weeks.
For most patients, the results of breast reduction will last for a long time. However, gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, pregnancy, and breastfeeding may affect the shape of the breast and the breast reduction results. In these cases, the patient may choose to undergo a breast lift operation to restore the breast’s shape.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Treatment)
Gynecomastia (abnormally large male breasts) is more common than many people may realize, affecting 40 to 60 percent of men. Certain medical conditions, medications, and anabolic steroids can lead to gynecomastia, but the cause of most cases is unknown.
Male Breast Reduction Candidates
Men of any age who have excess breast tissue, who are healthy and emotionally stable are generally good candidates for male breast reduction. Men who have firm, elastic skin are often the best candidates for the procedure because the skin will easily reshape to the body’s new contours, producing optimal results.
Male Breast Reduction Technique
Gynecomastia can sometimes be treated with liposuction alone, but direct excision may be required for some patients, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed. The results of male breast reduction are permanent; however, subsequent weight gain can increase the amount of breast tissue and recreate the previous appearance.