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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is breast reduction surgery like?

What is breast reduction surgery like?

A trade off...: Of smaller breasts that cause less neck and back pain for scars on the breasts. Usually outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. Most breast reduction patients say that the pain is like that from doing too many pushups: soreness in the chest muscles. It should easily be controlled with the medication given to you by your surgeon. Most patients return to regular activities in 10-14 days.

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How painful is breast reduction surgery?

How painful is breast reduction surgery?

Well Tolerated: Generally, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. It is also relatively well tolerated with most patients requiring pain medications for the first 5 to 7 days.

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Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

No: Most women seeking breast reduction surgery are in significant neck, shoulder and upper back pain already. After surgery, they usually experience an immediate sense of relief, not a large amount of surgical pain.

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What is breast reduction surgery exactly?

What is breast reduction surgery exactly?

Male Breast Reductio: Assuming a young man has achieved a long-term stable weight and there are no “causative agents” involved, surgery may be indicated to treat persistent gynecomastia. It is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. If the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposuction surgery.

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How long does breast reduction surgery last?

How long does breast reduction surgery last?

Forever.: Once the excess breast skin and tissue is removed surgically, it is gone forever. However, the tissues that remain can respond to weight gain, hormonal changes, and the skin "brassiere" will stretch and sag as you age. Some women do require repeat breast reduction, but in the absence of weight gain or hormonal change it is rare.

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Who is eligible for breast reduction surgery?

Who is eligible for breast reduction surgery?

Adult females: Typically any adult female is a candidate. This is usually deferred until completion of growth - 18 years. Women over the age of 40 should likely undergo diagnostic imaging with a mammogram to establish a baseline or exclude underlying disease. Depending on your health insurance different criteria may be applied for coverage.

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What happens during breast reduction surgery?

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

Reshaping: Good ol norristown! Reminds me of my years in philly. Breast reduction is essentially a reshaping of the breast through the removal and rearrangemnt of breast tissue. It requires some taking away the excess and closing up the breast tissue in a way that maintains the normal round shape. There are several techniques which result in satisfactory outcomes.

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Why would you receive breast reduction surgery?

Why would you receive breast reduction surgery?

Medical reasons: Medical indications for breast reduction are back or neck pain, shoulder grooving from the bra straps, and/or recurrent skin rashes in the folds.

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How to know if I need breast reduction surgery?

How to know if I need breast reduction surgery?

Symptoms: Patients often present with neck, back, shoulder discomfort, bra strap grooving, postural changes, and occasionally with rashes/infections. This operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons to learn more. Best wishes.

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Can you tell me about breast reduction surgery?

Can you tell me about breast reduction surgery?

Happy patients: Breast reduction surgery is both functional and aesthetic. Reducing the size will enable you to function better and at time eliminate shoulder pain and skin irritation in the sumammary crease. The aesthetic part involves skin tightening and elevating the nipple position. There are multiple techniqes to do it. Most importantly, consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon

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What should I do after breast reduction surgery?

What should I do after breast reduction surgery?

Ask you Surgeon: Every surgeon has his/her own way of advising their patients. I suggest you contact your surgeon. Generally speaking, most patient should refrain from vigorous activity for 4-6 weeks following surgery and wear a support bra.

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Help please! Is breast reduction surgery painful?

No.: Generally, most patients do very well after breast reduction surgery. This operation tends to be less painful than other operations such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery. Most patients require pain medication for approximately one week after the procedure. Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed.

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What are some risks of breast reduction surgery?

What are some risks of breast reduction surgery?

Many but not common: The risks are fortunately not common and include infection, hematoma, wound breakdown, asymmetry, wound separation, skin necrosis, interference with nipple sensation with nursing/aging/weight change, interference with oncologic/physical/mammographic evaluation of the breast, alteration in shape with nursing/aging/weight change, need for subsequent revisionary procedures and inability to predict.

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How do I know if I need breast reduction surgery?

How do I know if I need breast reduction surgery?

Are they too large?: 1. Do you feel they are too large for you? --- 2. Do you get back and or shoulder pains from their weight? > if the answer is yes to any of these two questions, you should see a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss with him/her and decide about the breast reduction surgery.

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What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

Breast Reduction: After breast reduction there will be some discomfort and possibly swelling. Otherwise you will feel some relief from the removal of excess tissue.

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Who are good candidates for breast reduction surgery?

Who are good candidates for breast reduction surgery?

Medically Necessary: Women with large breasts that have pain in the neck, shoulders and/or upper back that is attributable to the size and weight of their breasts are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.

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How old do you have to be for breast reduction surgery?

How old do you have to be for breast reduction surgery?

Young and older...: Assuming a patient is in good health and presents with appropriate symptoms, patients of almost all ages are potentially good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Occasionally, teenagers present with disproportionately large breasts with both physical and psychosocial concerns (juvenile breast hypertrophy); these patients may do very well with breast reduction surgery, despite young age.

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How is the recovery like after breast reduction surgery.?

How is the recovery like after breast reduction surgery.?

Varies w/ techniques: The recover depends on the techniques used and volumes reduced. For example liposuction recovery is less involved than a wise pattern inferior based pedicle technique.

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