Breast Reduction Explained

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. If you have large breasts, you might choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.

Overly large breasts can cause both physical and psychological problems, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Inflammation beneath the breast folds
  • Soreness from bra straps digging into the skin
  • Limitations on physical activities
  • Increased self-consciousness
  • Emotional discomfort resulting from unwanted attention
  • Decreased self-esteem

By removing excess skin, fat and breast tissue, and repositioning and reshaping the breasts, reduction mammoplasty can relieve the physical and psychological strains of overly large breasts and help women attain a more comfortable, proportionate and visibly appealing bustline. 

Breast Reduction Candidacy

The best candidates for the procedure are women in good health at or near their ideal weight who have realistic expectations. Teenagers who have excessively large breasts also may be candidates for breast reduction. However, surgery can only be performed after the breasts have finished developing. 

If you are considering breast reduction in Gainesville, you should first speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing breast surgery such as Dr. Allison at David W. Allison, MD. 

During your initial consultation, Dr. Allison will examine your breasts and review your medical history. He will listen carefully to your concerns and goals for surgery and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. Allison will explain how breast reduction surgery works and will show you breast reduction before and after photos to help you visualize possible outcomes of surgery. 

The Procedure

Breast reduction procedures are typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are different techniques and incision types available and Dr. Allison will help you decide which is best based on your unique considerations and goals. 

Potential Risks

Breast reduction surgery is not without risks. Possible breast reduction side effects include:

  • Anesthesia complications
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results
  • Asymmetric breasts
  • Loss of nipple or breast sensation (temporary or permanent)
  • Blood clots
  • Death of fatty tissue in the skin (fat necrosis)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Inability to breastfeed

Breast Reduction for Men 

While breast reduction is most often performed on women, a type of breast reduction surgery is available for men who suffer from enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. Although the procedural steps are obviously quite different for men, the goals of surgery are similar to those of women seeking surgery: relief from physical and emotional difficulties caused by excessive chest tissue. 

To learn more information about breast reduction or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Allison, contact David W. Allison, MD at 703-754-8228 or website.