While some women choose to enhance their breasts with breast augmentation, many women with large breasts, or macromastia, may benefit both aesthetically and physically by having a breast reduction. These larger breasted women can suffer from debilitating back, neck and shoulder pain, improper posture, and even skeletal deformities. Often, the condition can make physical activity and exercise difficult, leading to the health problems that can result from a sedentary lifestyle, lowered self-esteem, and depression. Moreover, these issues can affect men as well as women. Gynecomastia, a condition marked by enlarged male breasts, can affect men of any age or size, not just those who are overweight as is commonly believed. Fortunately, reduction mammaplasty, or breast reduction surgery, is performed to alleviate the embarrassment and discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
The goal of breast reduction is to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breast in order to make them smaller, lighter, and more firm. Women who are best suited for the procedure are those who have breasts that hang low and have stretched skin, whose nipples rest below the breast crease when the breasts are unsupported, or who have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin. Typically, after the incision is made, the nipple, which remains attached to its original nerves and blood vessels, is repositioned to a higher place on the breast. If necessary, the size of the areola can be reduced by excising skin around the perimeter, a procedure known as areola reduction. Then underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted, and reshaped. Often, the most optimal breast reduction results can be attained when the procedure may be done in conjunction with a breast lift, in order to position the breasts higher on the chest, or with liposuction to better shape and contour the breast region. In some cases, particularly in men suffering from gynecomastia, where the enlarged breasts are primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used.
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