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what is the definition or description of: breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Clark Schierle
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Breast Reduction: A procedure to reduce the size of large breasts through the removal of excess breast tissue and skin, repositioning of the nipple and areola, and reshaping of the remaining breast tissue.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
Making breasts small: Breat reduction is not a cosmetic operation.It is the removal of excessive amounts of normal tissue to achieve relief of physical discomfort due tothe burden of weight. This is not to be confused with cosmetic correction of sagging breasts of "normal" weight/size [mastopexy].
Dr. Janet Turkle
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Reducing breast vol: Breast reduction surgery is a popular surgery performed to assist in the relief of back, neck and shoulder pain that occur from the constant pulling from the weight of oversized breasts. The procedure relocates the nipple/areolar complex in a more pleasing location and reduces the volume of the breasts hopefully resulting in relief of many painful symptoms.
Dr. Archibald Miller
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Tissue removal: Reduction entails removing extra breast tissue to relieve neck and back pain.It is often covered by insurance and involves surgery. The incisions are designed to be less obvious and heal maximally.One loses sensation, and often cannot breast feed after this operation.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
See Below: Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations plastic surgeons perform.

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