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Doctor insights on: Mastectomy Vs Breast Reduction

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Can you tell me about breast reduction or mastectomy?

Can you tell me about breast reduction or mastectomy?

Breast Reduction: Women with very large breast can suffer from kyphosis due the weight of their breasts and sometimes it requires surgical removal of breast mass to correct the posture of the body. Mastectomy is completely removal of breast ...Read more

Dr. Tom Pousti
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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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Does a full mastectomy have fewer risks than a breast reduction?

Does a full mastectomy have fewer risks than a breast reduction?

Hard to compare: Full mastectomies are usually done for cancer, while reductions are done to relieve the symptoms of large heavy breasts. They are both operations with the usual risks of surgery, but the specific risks of each are somewhat different and depend on the underlying reason for doing the operation. ...Read more

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Im a trans guy researching surgeries. my breasts are at a 36 d and i dont know whether i should get a mastectomy or just a reduction.

Im a trans guy researching surgeries. my breasts are at a 36 d and i dont know whether i should get a mastectomy or just a reduction.

See plastic surgeon: If you're considering any breast reduction surgery, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. It's important to understand before the surgery options, benefits, risks and complications. ...Read more

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Is breast reduction right option for me?

Is breast reduction right option for me?

Combo of surgeries: Breast reduction can be accomplished using a variety of techniques and incisions. This can be accomplished with liposuction removing far only or via "doughnut", "lollipop" or "anchor" incisions where the goal is to remove fat/gland while lifting and preserving nipple/areolar viability and sensation, . ...Read more

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What is getting a breast reduction like?

What is getting a breast reduction like?

A relief: I the patient who has large , heavy breasts that are causing symptoms, breast reduction will offer relief if your complaints are related to the breasts. This is not a "cosmetic procedure" and has substantial scarring. ...Read more

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What is the process for breast reduction?

What is the process for breast reduction?

Artistic endeavor: The reshaping of the breast requires sculpting of breast tissue in 3 dimensions. Usually, the scars to reduce and reshape the skin surround the areola, pass vertically from the base of the areola to the breast fold and then run along the breast crease. Woman who seek reduction often complain of back and neck pain prior to the surgery and find much relief afterwards. www.artofplasticsurgery.com ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of breast reduction?

What are the pros and cons of breast reduction?

Pros and Cons: Pros: decreased breast size and weight, decreased pain in neck/shoulders/upper back, easier to find bras that fit, decreased risk of breast cancer. Cons: scarring, decreased breast milk production. ...Read more

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What to expect 5 weeks post breast reduction op?

What to expect 5 weeks post breast reduction op?

Normal : In terms of activity you should be back to normal with no restrictions. Your breasts may still be slightly numb and sore. Your scars may being more red and thicker at this point before they start fading later. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of a breast reduction?

What are the pros and cons of a breast reduction?

Many: Breast reduction is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. Pros include improvement of neck/back/shoulder discomfort, improvement of bra strap grooving/posture and/or improvements with skin breakdown/rashes/infections. Downside include scarring, potential for loss of nipple/areola sensation or ability to breast-feed, and other “standard” risks associated with surgery. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of getting a breast reduction?

Many.: Breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Benefits include potential reduction of neck, back, shoulder discomfort, improvement in posture, reducing bra strap grooving, improving rashes/skin breakdown, improvement in the ability to exercise and performance of activities of daily living. Of course, potential risk/complications should also be considered. ...Read more

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What should I expect at a breast reduction consultation?

What should I expect at a breast reduction consultation?

Consultation: At a breast reduction consultation you should tell your board certified plastic surgeon the symptoms you are experiencing, tests you have had, and any documentation of symptoms. You will have a full breast exam with measurements. The surgeon will then explain his technique, risks and complications, and postoperative care. Photos will be taken for insurance and documentation purposes. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of having a breast reduction?

What are the pros and cons of having a breast reduction?

Breast reduction: The pros of the bilateral breast reduction is the loss of the breast weight pulling on your chest and the loss of neck and back pain associated with large breasts. It is a very satifying procedure for most patients. The cons are as follows: you could lose some sensation in your nipple/areolar complex, there are scars involved, there is always a possibility of scars or infection. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of a breast reduction?

What are the health benefits of a breast reduction?

Many: Decreased back and neck pain, overall improved comfort and ability perform exercise and other activities with greater ease. Most common comment of patients after breast reduction is "I wish I would have done this many years ago" ...Read more

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I had a breast reduction but i tore my stitches. Should i be concerned?

I had a breast reduction but i tore my stitches. Should i be concerned?

Call your surgeon: I would call your surgeon and explain to them what you see, also a photo may be more helpful a smartphone can email a photo of the area to the doctors office. ...Read more

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Can cancer from having breast reduction?

Can cancer from having breast reduction?

No: There is a small chance of finding cancer in a breast reduction specimen. Not a known cause for breast cancer though. ...Read more

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Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?

Very Safe: Risks: infection, bleeding, seroma, hematoma, wound healing problems, abnormal scarring, loss of sensation, inability to breast-feed, breast asymmetry, necrosis of tissue or skin, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, unpredictability of exact cup size, recurrence of the breast hypertrophy, the potential for further surgery, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and death (very rare). ...Read more

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Breast.Reduction can my nipples be smaller?

Breast.Reduction can my nipples be smaller?

Yes: When the breast volume is decreased by either liposculpting, significant weight loss or surgical reduction mastepexy, the areola-colored part around the protruding nipple- usually shrinks, or it can be surgically reduced and made more symmetric at the time of surgery. The nipples themselves tend to protrude less when the "skin balloon" of the breast is deflated. ...Read more

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Will breast reduction surgery help fibromyalgia?

Will breast reduction surgery help fibromyalgia?

Unlikely. : Fibromyalgia is a generalized disorder. Breast reduction can have a major impact for back pain and posture. This is very specific, however. So generalized pain and fatigue will likely not go away after reduction. ...Read more

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Are there obvious scars after a breast reduction?

Are there obvious scars after a breast reduction?

Yes: Breast reduction scars always encircle the areola. There is usually a vertical scar extending from the areola down to the breast fold. There may also be a horizontal scar in the fold that is usually hidden under the breast. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more