Breast Reduction Is Not Just for Women
Despite the jokes about large breasts in our culture, having large breasts can be both cumbersome and painful.
Large breasts can be the source of chronic back, neck, and shoulder strain. And women who have to wear extra supportive bras often suffer from cuts and abrasions on their shoulders from the straps.
On top of that, while larger breasts may contribute to an attractive silhouette for younger women, they are more prone to drooping as women age. This can create the illusion of being overweight – even on women who are not.
Breast reduction surgery can alleviate these discomforts by ridding the body of excess breast tissue while simultaneously tightening the skin and elevating the breast to create a more streamlined silhouette.
Breast Reduction for Women
One of the common traits women with very large breasts share is feeling awkward.
Large breasts can also impede a woman’s ability to exercise comfortably.
They’re also just plain uncomfortable. Not only do women feel the emotional displeasure of people staring at them, but the physical pain can be overwhelming. All of these can drain a woman’s confidence.
Plastic surgeons are sensitive to these issues. During a consultation, they consider the size and shape of the breasts, the elasticity of the patient’s skin, and the position of the nipples.
Doing so allows them to customize breast reduction options specifically suited to a woman’s unique individual body type.
Female Breast Reduction Procedure
During the breast reduction procedure, the surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. This is done by making an incision and then removing the fat using a combination of liposuction and other excision techniques.
There are a couple of incision options.
With a lollipop incision, the incision is made around the areola and down to the breast crease. This is a good incision option for patients who are in need of a moderate reduction.
For women who need a significant reduction, the anchor incision is similar to the lollipop incision except the incision continues along the crease underneath the breast.
In both cases, the breast reduction will be accompanied by a breast lift to fully restore the shape and contour of the breast.
But women aren’t the only ones who struggle with the challenges of large breasts.
Male Breast Reduction
Did you know that around 65% percent of middle-aged and older men struggle with breasts that have a womanly appearance?
All men have breast glandular tissue. This is normal. But with the condition known as gynecomastia (which translated from the Greek means “woman-like breasts”), there is abnormal growth or excess breast tissue.
It turns out that fatty tissue in the chest is not sexist. It can gather in men in similar ways that it does in women. The degree to which this happens is dependent on factors including age, weight gain, and genetics.
What’s worse, it can be unresponsive to diet and exercise. So while the remainder of a man’s body might be toned and fit, he will still have breasts. It’s an embarrassing situation.
Men in this situation can benefit from male breast reduction surgery to restore an appealing, more masculine appearance to their upper bodies.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Large male breasts can be caused by fatty tissue, excess glandular tissue, or a combination of both.
Male breast reduction is performed with liposuction to remove the excess fat followed by an incision around the areola to remove excess glandular tissue. Finally, the skin around the pectoral muscles is tightened to create a masculine physique.
It’s important to note that prior to male breast reduction, some lifestyle changes in diet and exercise may be necessary to ensure long-lasting results. These changes will also decrease the likelihood of male breast re-occurrence.
Could Breast Reduction Improve Your Life?
If you’re struggling with the challenges of overly large breasts, you don’t have to accept it as your destiny.
Breast reduction surgery can relieve the pain and/or embarrassment, while improving your physique, restoring your confidence, and creating a more balanced and proportional appearance.
So contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
And leave the embarrassment behind.