Breast Reduction

(Reduction Mammoplasty)

Definition

Breast reduction is a common surgical procedure. It is done to decrease the size of one or both breasts. While more common in women, this procedure can also be done in men.

Reasons for Procedure

The procedure may be done to correct:
  • Overly large breasts, resulting in any of the following symptoms:
    • Poor self image
    • Back, neck, or shoulder pain
    • Posture problems
    • Grooving and/or abrasions from bra straps
    • Rash under the lower portion of the breasts
  • Breast asymmetry—may be due to previous surgery to one breast, such as in the case of mastectomy or lumpectomy
  • Large male breasts, known as gynecomastia —can be related to hormonal changes, medications, or other health conditions
After the surgery, your breasts will be smaller and more symmetrical in appearance. They should reflect the size, shape, and symmetry you desired.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a breast reduction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
  • Infection
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Possible loss of sensation to the breast, nipple, and/or areola
  • Possible loss of ability to breastfeed
  • Asymmetry between breasts
  • Limited arm and/or shoulder movement
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Fluid or blood-filled cysts in the healing breast tissue
  • Loss of nipple, areola, skin, or breast tissue due to change in blood supply
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

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