Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves the reduction in the size of breasts by excising fat, skin, and glandular tissue; it may also involve a procedure to counteract drooping of the breasts. As with breast augmentation, this procedure is typically performed on women, but it may also be performed on men afflicted by gynecomastia.
Breast reduction surgery typically restores confidence for both men and women. In fact, breast reduction patients are often said to be the happiest and most satisfied of all plastic surgery patients.
Breast reduction surgery is oriented toward women with large, pendulous breasts, especially gigantomastia since the weight of their breasts may cause chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back, in addition to circulation and breathing problems. The weight may also cause discomfort as a result of bra straps abrading or irritating the skin.
Even if physical discomfort is not a problem, some women feel awkward with the enormity of their breasts in proportion to the rest of their relatively smaller bodies. Except in unusual cases, this procedure is performed on individuals with fully-developed breasts, and it is not typically recommended for women who desire to breastfeed.
Men with the common condition of gynecomastia may feel embarrassed and upset with their enlarged male breasts that usually develop during adolescence. This surgery can help restore a man’s confidence. Gynecomastia is the term used for enlarged male breasts. Gynecomastia is a very common condition that affect a significant percentage of men. Although there are medical causes of gynecomastia, most commonly there is no known cause or any particular medical condition associated with male breast enlargement. Usually, male breast enlargement is due to excess fat in the male breasts, rather than actual breast tissue.
The surgical methods employed may vary depending on whether the breasts in the male patient are caused by adipose (fatty) or glandular tissue, and the degree to which any glandular tissue extends laterally along the sides of the torso.
Breast reductions are always performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. During pre-operative visits, the doctor and patient may decide on new, usually higher, positions for the areolas and nipples.
Patients may take a few weeks for their initial recovery, however it may take six to twelve months for the body to adjust fully to the new breast size. In addition, some women experience some discomfort during their initial menstrual cycle after surgery due to breast swelling.
Reduction mammoplasty affords the recipient smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts. This may also reduce the size of and change the shape of the areola or nipples. Mammograms are often easier after breast reduction surgery; less breast tissue makes it easier for doctors to get and interpret the results of a mammogram.
To learn more about Breast Reduction or Male Breast Reduction surgery, please call our Pinole office at (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Armen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole CA and surrounding areas.