What is breast reduction surgery?
Also known as mammoplasty, breast reduction surgery is a procedure during which the surgeon removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body. It can also be used to even up breasts that are unequal in size.
Why breast reduction surgery?
Overly large breasts can cause women both physical and emotional distress.
Physically, women may suffer discomfort from the breasts themselves and experience pain in other parts of the body that come under strain from the weight of the breasts.
Emotionally, many women find it hard to cope with the attention that large breasts bring and find that the size of their breasts leaves them feeling self-conscious and lacking in confidence.
Some women choose breast reduction surgery because they find their overly large breasts have a negative impact on their lifestyle, leaving them unable to take part in sports and other strenuous activities.
Men can also undergo breast reduction surgery to remove embarrassing ‘man breasts’.
Types of breast reduction
Breast reduction can be achieved through liposuction to remove excess fat or through the surgeon making an incision in the breast to remove fat and breast tissue, or through a combination of both techniques.
The type of surgery chosen for patient will depend on the amount of reduction, the composition of the breast and the amount of excess skin.
What happens during breast reduction surgery?
Most often the surgeon will make a circular incision around the areola with a vertical incision running down to the breast crease.
Underlying breast tissue is then reduced, lifted and shaped, and the nipple repositioned.
The areola can be reduced in size if necessary.
The incisions are brought together and sutured to reshape the now smaller breasts.