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Women with very large, pendulous breasts can experience various medical issues due to the weight of their breast. These problems may include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, or even breathing problems. Bras themselves can leaves painful indentation in the skin of the shoulders. Besides medical issues, unusually large breasts can have mental repercussion as they may even result in overwhelming self-consciousness.

Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is for women who suffer from these types of issues. This procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin to make the breasts smaller, lighter, and firmer. The areola can also have its size reduced as well. These procedures have the goal of providing smaller, better-shaped breasts that are in proportion with the rest of the body.

The surgery is performed for about two to three hours under general anesthesia. Though incredibly rare, complications may include loss of the nipple, infection, scarring, nipple erectile ability loss, and nipple numbness. Numbness could potentially be permanent and affect the ability to breast feed in the future.

Discomfort after operation is minimal, as the sutures dissolve internally and dressings can be removed in 10 to 14 days. Driving can be resumed in four to five days, while showering and bathing can recommence in five to seven days. Physical activity, which includes lifting objects, must be restricted for two weeks, and active sports should be avoided for two to four weeks. Dr. Byun will schedule three to four postoperative visits in order to monitor the recovery process.

Men

Breast reduction for gynecomastia removes the excess tissue in the breast that may develop for some males during puberty. Sometimes, however, enlarged breasts may occur due to health or drug problems, remedying these issues can reverse the breast enlargement. and This is performed with an incision around the nipple. If enlargement has diffused around the breast area, it may be difficult to restore a smooth chest, so there may be ridges at the edge of surgical areas, but suction lipectomy has reduced the probability of this issue occurring.

Surgery can take place under either local or general anesthesia and takes place over the course of about an hour and a half. The resulting scar will be either at the areolar or in the axilla, but will likely not be noticeable, especially if there is hair on your chest. Dressing and drains can be removed after a week in the post-operative appointment. Patients can resume driving in four to five days. Patients should also avoid strenuous physical activity for a month. Complications may include excessive scarring hematoma formation, or infection.