Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast Reduction Procedure
The breast reduction procedure is a common and well-known cosmetic surgery procedure in Australia and the rest of the world. Even though breast reductions are more common for women than men, the procedure could be executed for both. To learn more about the breast reduction procedure and its benefits, please read the information provided below.
What Is a Breast Reduction Procedure?
A breast reduction procedure is a cosmetic surgery procedure that focussed on the reduction of enlarged breasts. The goal of the procedure is restoring the breasts to a size that is proportionate to the body of the patient.
Breast reduction for women can be more complicated than a breast reduction for men, considering some women still want to breastfeed in the future. In these cases, the cosmetic surgeon will consider the tissue viability of the nipple-areola complex, also known under the abbreviation NAC; this may increase the changes that the functional sensitivity and lactational abilities of the breasts are maintained.
Patients often choose a breast reduction procedure for physical or aesthetic reasons. In some cases, enlarged breasts can cause physical problems such as headaches, neck pain and back pain.
Which Patients Could Benefit from a Breast Reduction Procedure?
The majority of patients that could choose a breast reduction are women, although there is a percentage of men that also choose to remove excess breast tissue. Women who want to obtain a breast reduction usually fall in one of two categories. Even though there are some unique cases that are exceptions to the rule, the majority of women choosing breast reduction suffer from macromastia or gigantomastia.
What Is Macromastia?
Macromastia is a condition where a woman suffers from enlarged breast. With macromastia, the woman in question has more than 500 gm per breast according to the Shnur Scale. The Shnur Scale is a tool to estimate the amount of tissue that will need to be removed during a breast reduction.
Conditions such as macromastia can lead to physical discomfort such as headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain. In some patients, the condition can lead to additional health problems including poor blood circulation, breathing difficulties and skin chafing.
What Is Gigantomastia?
Gigantomastia is a condition that resembles macromastia. However, gigantomastia is a condition where the female patient has enlarged breasts with more than 1000 gm increase per breast. For these cases, cosmetic surgeons often have to reduce the cup size of the patient by a total of three cup sizes, considering that the size of the breasts can cause serious physical discomfort.
Women suffering from gigantomastia often find that the size of their breasts makes certain physical activities quite difficult. Reducing the size of the breasts could make physical activities easier and be a solution to discomforts such as headaches and back pain.
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What Is Taken into Consideration During the Physical Examination?
Before a patient can be considered for a breast reduction, the patient must undergo a physical examination at a specialised cosmetic surgery facility. During the examination, the patient will not only be examined physically, but the medical team will also look at additional denominators such as the medical history of the patient.
What Causes Enlarged Breasts to Develop?
The majority of women grow enlarged breasts during puberty, but this is not necessarily the only cause of the problem. Some women may encounter the problem when they have been pregnant, gained a significant amount of weight or during the menopause.
Some women have a genetic predisposition where macromastia is concerned. While most women do not encounter severe problems with their breasts after puberty, the problem can be made worse by the other factors we mentioned earlier, for example weight gain.
The exact cause of enlarged breasts can be found in the overdevelopment of the milk glands or adipose tissue. In some cases, the enlarged breasts are caused by both these denominators, in which case the surgeon will refer to the cause as hypertrophy.
Enlarged breasts can occur in a mild, moderate or severe form. Women suffering from a mild form will have more than 300 gm increase and women with a moderate form a 300-800 gm increase. Those with a severe case of enlarged breasts will have more than 800 gm.
Which Treatments Are Used for Enlarged Breasts?
The breast reduction is one of the most common surgical treatments to be used for enlarged breasts. However, breast reduction is not the only path patients can take towards a smaller cup size.
Patients struggling with headaches, back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain caused by enlarged breasts often need additional physical therapy to reduce their symptoms. Therefore, a special exercise program after the procedure may be a recommended. That being said, it is important not to do any strenuous activities that could affect the recovery process. Therefore, always follow the guidelines provided by you by the medical team at the Dr Lanzer Clinic.
What Is Done During a Breast Reduction?
The breast reduction includes the cutting and removal of excess tissues. These can be glandular tissues, adipose tissues and skin. The amount of these tissues that will be removed during the procedure will be dependent on the aesthetic results the patient wishes to obtain.
In addition to the removal of excess tissues, the cosmetic surgeon can also remove overstretched suspensory ligaments. The surgeon can also move the NAC complex (nipple-areola) and place it higher on the breast.
Can I Still Breastfeed After a Breast Reduction?
Even though the surgeon tries to maintain the functionality of the breast, breast reduction procedures may cause certain difficulties for women who want to breastfeed. Before the procedure takes place, the medical team will inform the patient about possible complications a breast reduction could cause for breastfeeding. It is important for each patient to take this information into account before considering a procedure such as breast reduction or breast augmentation, considering breast augmentation can also cause certain difficulties for breastfeeding.