While most people often associate breast surgery with breast augmentation, breast reduction surgery is now a well know surgery. More and more women request this procedure to address symptoms and daily difficulties related to overly large breasts. The procedure is also in high demand among men who usually request the operation to get rid of breast tissue excess, whether they consist of stubborn fat or hypertrophied mammary gland. Even though breast reduction surgery is performed on men and women, the surgical technique as well as patients goals differ.
Women : alleviating back pain, treat breast ptosis and improving mobility
Excessively large breasts are often responsible for back, shoulder and neck pain because of their weight and the strain it causes on these areas. Over time, chronic pain becomes a problem that is very real, and so is posture changing because of breast weight. Another issue for women with excessively large breasts is decreased mobility. Exercising can be difficult with large breasts, they tend to slow down exercise and cause pain. The third reason why women request breast reduction is that excessively large breast tend to sag, which is referred to as breast ptosis. Breast size related ptosis is unfortunately unavoidable, but treatable. Breast reduction offers an efficient treatment for all the symptoms previously mentioned, including breast ptosis.
Men : treating gynecomastia
Most men requesting breast reduction surgery are bothered by excess fat tissue stored in their breast. Fat accumulation in male breasts tend to feminize the appearance of the chest and this is a very common concern among middle aged and older men. What men expect from breast reduction surgery is to get rid of excess fat, or glandular excess tissue in rare cases, to get more defined pectoral muscles as well as a clearly masculine appearance of the chest.
Since women’s breasts have more tissues than men, the incisions performed to decrease their size are more extended when operating on female patients. Breast reduction scars usually fade very well overtime, and for male patients, incisions are also very short, which partly explains why more and more men are requesting the procedure.