Disproportionally large breasts (macromastia) often cause several physical and emotional problems for patients. From back and shoulder pain to skin rashes and low self-esteem, large breasts are the reason why many women turn to our practice. A breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) helps women achieve relief and improved self-image with breasts that are more proportional to their figure. Here are some frequently asked questions about breast reduction:
Why would someone want a breast reduction?
Women who have physical discomfort from the weight of their breasts, also deal with pain that often impedes daily physical activities. Even patients who aren’t dealing with symptoms of disproportionately large breasts report being unhappy with the size.
Who are good candidates for this surgery?
If you have macromastia and are physically healthy, don’t smoke and have realistic expectations, you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. Your breasts limit physical activity, and you experience back, neck and shoulder pain from the weight of your breasts. You may have shoulder indentations from your bra straps or skin irritation around the breast crease.
How is the surgery performed?
The surgery is done when you are under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will make incisions through the breasts. Incision options include: a circular pattern around each areola, which means resulting scars will be well concealed; a keyhole or lollipop pattern, where the incision is made around each areola and vertically down to the breast crease; or an anchor-shaped pattern where the incision is made around each areola, down to the breast crease and then along the breast crease. After the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned, and each areola may be reduced in size, if necessary. Excess fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed before the incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape.
Will I be able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery?
If you are planning on future pregnancies and breastfeeding, you will want to talk to your plastic surgeon about how your ability to breastfeed may be limited.
Will my surgery be covered by health insurance?
Many health insurance plans will cover this surgery to address medical issues. You and your plastic surgeon will need to check with your health insurance company to see if your health plan covers the reduction.
Do men ever need breast reduction?
Excess male breast tissue (gynecomastia) affects nearly half of all men. Using a combination of liposuction and surgical removal of excess fat and breast tissue, men can achieve a flatter, more well-defined chest through gynecomastia surgery.