Breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is an enhancement procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, or firmer. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Large breasts can cause physical pain, as well as emotional and social anxiety for men. Men who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a more proportionate appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts.
- Sagging breasts produced by their large size.
- Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts.
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts.
Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast. The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and held in place by stitches. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Breast reduction surgery provides one of the most positive of all body-image changes. Men are in general very pleased with the elimination of physical discomfort and self consciousness caused by large breasts as well as a better-proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Dressings are applied immediately at the time of surgery and a supportive bra which will need to be worn for several weeks.
Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the team.