Breast reduction surgery is an extremely rewarding procedure that can effectively address the often debilitating and sometimes embarrassing effects of overly large breasts. For men who are affected by this, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group performs male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia). Our surgeons offer their refined skills and expertise to help each patient achieve breasts that are more flattering and more comfortable.
Breast reduction surgery is designed to help alleviate a number of concerns related to overly large breasts, including:
- Excessive sagging or drooping
- Back, shoulder and neck pain
- Frequent rashes of the skin on the undersurface of the breast, which can require doctor visits and medication
- Indentations caused by bra straps
- Inability to wear certain types of clothing
Certain cases of breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance. Our staff will assist you with contacting your insurance representative to determine if your policy offers any coverage for breast reduction procedures.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is typically for patients whose breasts are fully developed. Patients with certain medical conditions, and those who are intending to breastfeed, can discuss their options with a surgeon at the initial breast reduction surgery consultation.
The procedure calls for an anchor-shaped incision from the area of the nipple down to the crease of the breast. Excess tissue, fat and skin are removed, and the nipple and areola are repositioned. The breasts are reshaped with skin from around the areola and the incisions are then closed. Liposuction is sometimes necessary in breast reduction procedures to eliminate excess fat from the armpit area. In some cases, liposuction alone may be the only technique necessary for breast reduction.
In appropriate cases, our surgeons may employ the “short scar” technique with the anchor scar, which utilizes a short incision that allows for minimal scarring. This incision runs vertically downwards from the areola all the way to the crease where the breast meets the chest. Skin is removed around this incision and a firmer breast is the result, minimizing skin loss and also scarring. This technique is generally recommended for patients who require less lift.
The vertical or lollipop incision is suitable for patients who have a lesser amount of droop and skin excess. It elevates the nipple position, allows for reduction of areola size and tightens the breast by reducing the skin in a horizontal direction.
The entire breast reduction procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and lasts from two to four hours. It can be administered on an outpatient basis.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Your Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeon may recommend an elastic bandage or surgical bra designed to bind the breasts for a few days after surgery. This facilitates the healing process and helps to ensure the best results. If necessary, some patients may be provided with drainage tubes to remove any excess fluid. Stitches are typically removed after one week; however, the surgical bra must be worn for about a month after the procedure in most cases
Patients can expect some discomfort, swelling and bruising after breast reduction surgery. These side effects can be alleviated with medication. Normal daily routines can generally be resumed after about two weeks, although heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three to four weeks after the procedure. Every effort is made to minimize scars, and to ensure that any residual scars can be easily hidden by undergarments.
For more information on breast reduction, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our surgeons, please call 516-504-3014.
To see actual photographs documenting patients before and after surgery, please refer to our Breast Reduction Photo Gallery.