When most people think about plastic surgery, among the first things to come to mind are bigger breasts. This is hardly surprising; since statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons consistently indicate that breast augmentation procedures are the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the United States. However, recent trends seem to indicate that bigger is not necessarily always better. Over the past several years, breast reduction has become increasingly popular, due in no small part to the variety of benefits the procedure can provide.
As recently as twenty years ago, nearly all women who underwent cosmetic breast surgery did so in order to attain dramatically larger breasts, but over time styles have gradually shifted. Today, the majority of women have come to favor more subtle, naturally proportionate results, and that sometimes means reducing the size and projection of the breasts so that they better compliment their individual body’s unique contours. Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer.
Additionally, breast reduction surgery can do more than just improve appearance; it can help alleviate a variety of chronic health conditions as well. Women with breasts that are disproportionately large for their frames often suffer from back and neck pain, improper posture, skeletal deformities, and irritation rashes under the breast area. The excess weight of larger breasts can also cause them to stretch and sag, particularly after significant fluctuations in weight, such as those normally experienced during pregnancy. For this reason, breast reduction is commonly a major part of a mommy makeover, a very popular body contouring procedure that incorporates several different cosmetic plastic surgery techniques in order to help restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy appearance.
Finally, breast reduction surgery is not necessarily just for women. In 2015 alone, more than 27,000 men underwent a different form of breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia, a common problem among men of all age groups characterized by an excess amount of fat and/or breast glandular tissue in the chest area. Male breast reduction is a fairly simple procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and glandular tissue from the area through liposuction and surgical excision, occasionally followed by the lifting and tightening of the remaining tissue to create a more masculine chest contour.
Every person’s body is different, so come in for a full cosmetic plastic surgery consultation and one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can go over which breast or body contouring procedure might be right for you. If you are interested in learning more about your breast surgery options, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta, or at one of our other Atlanta area offices located in Sandy Springs (Northside), Newnan, or Cumming, to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.