Breast reduction is a procedure that can prove incredibly fulfilling for both males and females. For women, large breasts can result in neck, back and shoulder pain, disk problems, sweating and yeast infections underneath the breasts, shoulder grooving, breathing problems and general embarrassment. In extreme cases, a large chest can even limit your ability to work and exercise, which can make it difficult to loose weight.
For men, gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is the most common culprit. This condition can be caused by a hormonal imbalance from youth or from taking estrogen during prostate cancer treatments. Certain medications, smoking an excessive amount of marijuana or obesity have also been known to cause gynecomastia, but sometimes the reason is unknown. Regardless, breast reduction for men can help bring back a sense of masculinity and eliminate embarrassment during occasions and activities when you want to take off your shirt.
There are multiple approaches to breast reduction, and Dr. Rodgers is dedicated to matching the right technique to the right patient. She will examine the possibilities from every angle and make an expert recommendation depending on the patient’s breast size, age, weight, medical history and the composition of the tissue. Due to potential complications, Dr. Rodgers will not perform breast reductions on smokers.
At a Glance
|Procedure||Outpatient procedure (some patients may choose to say overnight) that is performed under general anesthesia. Length of surgery depends on degree of reduction. Process involves removing excess breast tissue and reshaping the breast.|
|Benefits||Smaller, lighter breasts that are reshaped for a lifted, perkier profile.|
|Recovery time||1–2 weeks off from stressful work with 5–6 weeks of lifting, pushing and pulling restrictions.|
|Potential risks||Infection; bleeding; wound breakdown; delayed healing; scarring; loss of nipple sensation; inability to breast-feed.|
|Tips||Patients are advised to plan their surgeries during a slow time to provide adequate time for proper healing.|
As with all surgeries, there are certain risks involved. That’s why Dr. Rodgers will be sure to discuss your procedure in detail—describing the realistic potential results and any possible risks—during your initial consultation. Dr. Rodgers performs all surgeries in the safety of a hospital and hand selects board-certified anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care.