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Breast Reduction

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Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breast by removing excess breast tissue and skin. The procedure may also be used to reduce the size of the areola, or the dark area surrounding the nipple.


Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breast by removing excess breast tissue and skin. The procedure may also be used to reduce the size of the areola, or the dark area surrounding the nipple. In some cases, the areola must also be repositioned to accommodate the new shape of the breast after reduction. This procedure has been safely performed regularly on women for decades, and the results are permanent. In men, breast reduction surgery is called gynecomastia correction surgery and is also performed regularly and safely on thousands of men yearly.


Breast reduction surgery is an optimal solution for women who have extremely large breasts that are disproportionate to their figure. For many women, this condition can cause back and shoulder pain and create a series of other inconveniences, as well as social embarrassment. Breast reduction surgery has been performed in the U.S. for decades and in some cases, the procedure may require only liposuction to remove fatty tissue. In both men and women, excess breast tissue is not only unsightly but can affect posture, confidence, and self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery may help restore confidence and self-esteem to individuals suffering from social embarrassment and discomfort due to excess fatty tissue in the breasts.


Breast reduction requires general anesthesia and three to five hours in the operating room, making it a fairly involved surgery. First, incisions are made around the nipple and areola, sometimes accompanied by incisions along the horizontal fold underneath each breast. Excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the remaining tissues sculpted to give the breasts natural-looking contours. These natural tissues may also be lifted to a higher chest position to counteract the long-term effect of gravity on large breasts. Finally, sutures are used to hold the incisions closed.


After breast reduction, most patients take between one and two weeks off from work, though strenuous activities or heavy lifting should be avoided for up to two months. During the recovery period, a surgical bra or compression garment is worn to support the breast tissue as it heals. Common side effects include tenderness, soreness, bruising and swelling. Temporary skin numbness or changes in nipple sensitivity are also common.


If you are a woman and are unhappy with the large size of your breasts, breast reduction may be right for you. Some patients find that their large breasts cause physical pain. Others seek smaller breasts for cosmetic reasons. Good candidates for reduction mammoplasty are adult women in good overall health.


Women with excessively large breasts find that they can be distracting and impractical, as well as cause back pain and discomfort. If you are unhappy or uncomfortable with your appearance due to a “top heavy” body shape, breast reduction surgery may be ideal for you. Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that can help women by reducing the overall size of the breasts. We will work with you to determine your idyllic breast size and shape. Women who have undergone breast reduction surgery often find that they have an easier time finding clothing that fits appropriately, and that they have a more proportionate silhouette and frame. Reducing the size of your breasts can also improve posture and alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain.

Excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed under general anesthesia. If necessary, the areola will also be reshaped and sized. We will then reform or redefine the contour of your breast and finally, he will secure the incision. This is a highly individualized procedure, tailored to each patient accordingly. We will work closely with you to ensure the results are exactly what you desire.

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