Dr. James D. Namnoum | Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Breast reduction surgery, also referred to as reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic breast option that is recommended for men and women who would like to reduce the size of their breasts. Some of the reasons that patients choose to undergo this type of plastic surgery procedure are health-related, as they are experiencing uncomfortable back and neck pain or shoulder pain due to large breasts, while others choose this option for aesthetic desires and concerns or to improve self-confidence. Men experiencing enlarged or excess breast tissue, known as gynecomastia, may choose to undergo a cosmetic breast reduction to restore a more natural and firm chest appearance.
Whatever the case, Dr. James Namnoum understands that each patient is different and ultimately is seeking breast reduction to improve their quality of life. With that in mind, he offers a wide range of other surgical breast procedures, including breast augmentation, breast revision surgery, breast reconstruction, and breast lift (mastopexy) that may be better suited for your needs. These options will be discussed during your initial consultation in our office.
Candidates For Breast Reduction
Before determining if you are a candidate for breast reduction, Dr. Namnoum will take a comprehensive medical history, including any weight fluctuations as well as previous or anticipated pregnancies or breastfeeding. In general, good candidates for a reduction mammaplasty are those with concerns about overly large or heavy breasts that are affecting their quality of life or self-esteem. If excessively large breasts create bra strap indentations, limit physical activity or cause pain in the neck, shoulders, or back, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction. In addition, candidates should be in general good health, have realistic expectations, and do not smoke.
Types of Breast Reduction
Dr. James Namnoum offers three different types of breast reduction options: functional, aesthetic, and gynecomastia (male breast reduction). Depending on the goals and medical history discussed during your appointment, he will recommend the best surgical technique for you.
Functional Breast Reduction
The main reason for a functional breast reduction is to remove enough breast volume in order to improve significant neck and back pain and/or rashes under the breasts.3 The second goal of a functional reduction is to create a lifted breast shape. This option is sometimes covered by a third-party insurer, but each plan differs, and coverage should be checked with our office prior to surgery.
Aesthetic Breast Reduction
An aesthetic breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery aimed at removing smaller volumes of breast tissue to create sculpted, lifted, and beautiful breasts. Typically during this procedure, an incision is made around the areola, with a second incision running from the bottom of the areola to down to the breast crease.4 Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fatty tissue or correct asymmetry with the goal of reducing breast volume while also focusing on the overall aesthetics of the breasts’ shape. This option is usually not covered by third-party insurers.
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
When breast reduction is pursued by men, it is usually in response to the overdevelopment of glandular tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia, in combination with a significant amount of excess skin. During the procedure, Dr. Namnoum will remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, creating a more toned male chest while minimizing the effects of scarring. Breast reduction in men is often required after massive weight loss but can be of value in any man experiencing unwanted excess glandular tissue and skin.5 Learn more about male breast reduction with Dr. Namnoum here.
The Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During breast reduction, Dr. Namoum tailors the excess glandular tissue and skin to create a perkier, more manageable breast size. The nipple is moved upward on the breast to make sure the positioning appears more natural with your newly shaped and reduced breasts. Patients should be aware that nipple sensitivity can sometimes be affected, but this is not common – patients usually retain the same sensation they had prior to the reduction procedure. For women undergoing breast reduction who still plan to have children, it is important to understand that there is a risk of being unable to breastfeed after this type of surgery.6
What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery
After surgery, you will be placed in a surgical bra which you can expect to wear for at least one month. Most patients experience mild to moderate pain following breast reduction; however, Dr. Namnoum will provide you with pain medication to ensure your comfort while healing. Breast reduction results are immediately noticeable, but the final results will not be completely visible until swelling and bruising have subsided during the post-operative recovery period. Dr. Namnoum and his surgical team will be sure to provide detailed information related to after-care and follow-up appointments for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
FAQs About Breast Reduction Surgery
What is the cost of breast reduction?
The cost of breast reduction surgery can vary depending on the nuances of the individual treatment plan. The best way to determine the cost of the surgery that will address your unique needs and achieve your cosmetic goals is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Namnoum.
Does health insurance cover breast reduction surgery?
Depending on the reason a patient chooses to undergo breast reduction, insurance companies may cover some or all of the procedure. We’ll discuss coverage during your personal consultation, and for procedures that are not covered by insurance, we’re happy to provide convenient financing plans for qualified patients.
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2 ASPS. Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reduction/candidates. Accessed May 17, 2022.
3 Mayo Clinic. Breast Reduction Surgery. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/breast-reduction-surgery/about/pac-20385246. Accessed October 28, 2020.
4 Mayo Clinic. Enlarged breasts in men (gynecomastia). Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gynecomastia/symptoms-causes/syc-20351793. Accessed October 28, 2020.
5 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast Reduction. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reduction. Accessed October 28, 2020.
6 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of breast reduction surgery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reduction/safety. Accessed October 28, 2020.