Living with excessively large breasts can be a struggle in many ways. Women can have physical difficulties such as discomfort while exercising or constant back pain. Some may also feel that large breasts give them a hyper-sexualized appearance that is at odds with their internal image of themselves. This can be a particular problem for teenagers and young women.
Men may also find that they have excess breast tissue (gynecomastia) due to genetics, hormonal changes, obesity or as a side effect of certain medications. Some may desire a breast reduction designed specifically for men in order to give their chest a more classically male appearance.
For either sex, breast reduction (also known as reduction mammoplasty or, for men, gynecomastia surgery) is designed to remove fat and skin from the breasts to reduce their overall size and bring them more in proportion with your frame.
Our surgeons take the time to consult with you on the breast shape you want to achieve and make the process comfortable and straightforward.
You and your surgeon will discuss appropriate incision options. Generally, the incision preserves the areola while allowing excess fatty and glandular tissue to be removed and the skin tightened. Once that process is complete, the areola and nipple are repositioned and the breast is secured to the body with absorbable stitches. This procedure can also be performed with a simultaneous breast lift to place the breast higher on the chest. The operation is performed under general anesthesia and takes two to four hours to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is recovery like? Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, and you leave the facility on the same day as the surgery. You are required to wear a surgical bra or compression garment for the first few weeks after the surgery. You are able to return to work within one to two weeks, and resume vigorous activity within four to six weeks. There will be some scarring, and nipple sensitivity may not return for six months or longer.
How much size should I reduce? Size reduction is entirely up to you, but female patients often go down at least one full cup size or more. Men generally opt for a flat chest.
Will the results be permanent? As long as you don’t gain a significant amount of weight, the results should be permanent. We recommend you maintain a diet and exercise plan to ensure weight gain is minimal so the surgery results are not compromised.