What makes women want breast reduction surgery?

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While many women with bigger breasts receive wistful compliments from their less endowed girlfriends, for some it can actually be a source of many problems.

Reasons for choosing it can include discomfort due to heavier breasts; aching back muscles due to supporting the heavier breasts and breast pain. Clothing can be a problem: bra straps ‘cutting in’ to the shoulders, tops can feel they hang awkwardly; it can be difficult to find pleasing underwear or strappy tops to fit. Sports and beachwear may feel like an absolute ‘no go’ area due to breast discomfort or clothing anxieties.

The procedure

Surgeons generally hold a consultation with prospective patients to discuss the best surgical procedures for the operation, so what follows is of course, a general outline. Advice on buying a suitable supportive bra for the post-operative period is essential before the operation.

The operation usually lasts around 3 hours, under general anaesthetic and aims to remove breast tissue and ‘uplift’ the remainder. Incisions are commonly like an upside down anchor-shape, around the nipple and then down the breast to the crease underneath. Excess fat and skin is removed and the nipple and areola (dark circle around it) are repositioned higher to create a natural looking appearance to the new shaped breasts. Sutures seal the incisions and remain in place for around 7 to 14 days.

Recovery

Patients normally stay in hospital 1 or 2 days after surgery and pain medication is routinely offered as needed. The surgeon may need to insert drainage tubes into each breast to collect any

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blood leakage, so patients may wake up from the aesthetic with these in place. Generally, those are removed before you can go home from hospital. Advice on how long to wear the chosen support bra for is very important (and of course underwired bras are a definitely not allowed until given a medical ‘go-ahead’).  A guideline for the time needed off work is 2 to 4 weeks dependant on both the occupation and each patient’s medical needs.  Strenuous exercise must be restricted for some weeks. There are also important appointments to check healing progress.

Expert Advice

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Although breast surgeries are some of the most widely practiced and well documented cosmetic procedures, any surgery carries certain degrees of risk. Expert advice from surgeons with specialist training and experience is essential. Many professional cosmetic surgery bodies raise the point that you should never choose a surgeon by the price-tag alone and offer advice to find competent surgeons. Potential risks, implications and realistic estimates of how the end results could look should be thoroughly discussed to your complete satisfaction before any commitment is made. Cosmetic surgery is a sizeable industry, so if you are unsatisfied with the consultation, there will be plenty of other surgical facilities to choose from.

DISCLAIMER: No information here can be used as medical advice or used to make any healthcare decision!  Please only consult qualified physicians for advice.

RS Brown

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Some professional bodies for plastic surgery UK/ USA/ Canada – please note we do not ‘endorse’ or recieve sponsorship from them:

1.   British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

http://www.baaps.org.uk

2. American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

http://www.plasticsurgery.org/

3. Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons/ Societe Canadienne Des Churugiens Plasticiens

http://www.plasticsurgery.ca/

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Gynecomastia is the medical term for over-developed or enlarged male chests. The topic has become common in the media, sometimes featuring in (somewhat insensitive) jokes or comedies, bandied about as ‘moobs’, ‘man boobs’, etc.  Against this background however, innovative male breast reduction surgeries for men are an increasing trend in cosmetic surgery.

The procedure

Men having breast reduction surgery should meet with their physician to discuss the operation before scheduling as

-         there are a number of causes for the condition – DO SEE YOUR DOCTOR TO EXPLORE THESE FIRST

-         techniques and results vary from patient to patient

So whilst many internet sites may detail ‘procedures’, again the only true advice for patient is that of the physician! Generally speaking though:

Where the chest is enlarged due to fatty tissue, liposuction is used. Various techniques exist for liposuction, chosen according to the patient’s individual needs. In general, the patient is given a general anaesthetic and a cannula, a narrow hollow tube shaped instrument is inserted through small surgical incisions. The cannula is manoeuvred backwards and forward to loosen the fatty tissue for removal by suction.

Removal of glandular breast tissue or excess skin is generally with excision techniques, where incisions are made to enable surgical cutting away of the unwanted materials before suturing to reseal the chest.

The surgery may involve a combination of techniques, and if the nipple or areola needs repositioning due to the ‘new’ chest shape created by liposuction this will involve excision.

Reasons for choosing breast reduction surgery

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Common reasons for choosing this surgery are regions of fat that don’t respond to training marketed as ”get rid man boobs’ diets and exercise; rapid weight loss leading to sagging skin giving a more defined look to the breast than is comfortable for the man and feelings of embarrassment around the physique.

Some men may have difficulty finding clothes which they feel hang correctly over the enlarged chest. Social factors, such as ‘jokes’ or insensitive comments may also contribute to the desire for surgery. For some men the condition can provoke deeply uncomfortable emotions. Some men can feel embarrassed, ashamed, anxious and unfortunately shameful about their physique. Others may feel perhaps not such a range of negative emotion but have a desire to look younger.

Considerations

Advice from various professional cosmetic surgeons associations emphasises time and again the need for qualified and experienced surgical teams who have specialist training in the procedure. One common theme is that while for many patients, cost can be a huge factor in choosing a surgeon; it is advised that a surgeon is never chosen simply for the cheapest price tag. Another common caution is any surgical procedure carries elements of risk and these should be fully explained and explored with the surgeon before committing to any procedure.

There are many other considerations; consult your physician and try the professional body for cosmetic (aesthetic, plastic) surgeons in your country for more information. There is a rising trend for male cosmetic procedures, including hair transplant surgery, male breast reduction, male tummy tucks and male ‘facelift’ procedures. As with any new trend in plastic surgery, the most important element should always be saftey and consulting only expert, legally qualified and specialised surgical teams for unpressured, no-obligation advice. Never put your health at risk for a seemingly lower price without finding out all the facts first.

DISCLAIMER: No information here can be used as medical advice or used to make any healthcare decision!  Please only consult qualified physicians for advice.

Julia Smith

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Professional bodies – please note, this list is not exhaustive and we do not ‘endorse’ them or get paid to carry this information:

UK-  British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

http://www.baaps.org.uk

USA – American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

http://www.plasticsurgery.org/

Canada-  Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons/ Societe Canadienne Des Churugiens Plasticiens

http://www.plasticsurgery.ca/

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