Breast Reduction Specialist in Atlanta
Breast reduction surgery 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 a breast reduction are health related, as they are experiencing uncomfortable and painful back and neck discomfort, while others choose this option for aesthetic desires and concerns. 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. Each patient is different and Dr. James Namnoum 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.
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 one for you.
Functional Breast Reduction
The main reason that 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.1 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 aimed at removing smaller volumes of breast tissue to create sculpted, lifted and beautiful breasts. The goal is to reduce the 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 an 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.2 Learn more about male breast reduction with Dr. Namnoum here.
Breast Reduction Surgery: The Procedure
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.4
What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction results are immediately noticeable but the final results will not be completely visible until swelling and bruising have subsided during recovery. 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.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation in Atlanta
The decision to undergo any type of surgical procedure is personal and should be made based on the patient’s desires and needs. Dr. Namnoum is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in cosmetic breast surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about this option and finding out if it might be the right procedure for you, please schedule a consultation today. A consultation will provide the opportunity to discuss your unique situation and consider the wide variety of options available to you.
1 Mayo Clinic. Breast Reduction Surgery. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/breast-reduction-surgery/about/pac-20385246. Accessed October 28, 2020.
2 Mayo Clinic. Enlarged breasts in men (gynecomastia). Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gynecomastia/symptoms-causes/syc-20351793. Accessed October 28, 2020.
3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast Reduction. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reduction. Accessed October 28, 2020.
4 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.