Breast reduction has become increasingly popular for individuals who want to improve their overall quality of life. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 42,022 recorded aesthetic breast reduction procedures performed in 2012, with a 5% increase in the number of male breast reduction procedures specifically.
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed to correct the physical symptoms of overly large breasts by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin, lifting and then reshaping the breasts to better suit your body type.
Women with overly large or pendulous breasts often site experiences of physical discomfort in the form of headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain associated with having disproportionate breasts for their particular body type. Breast reduction can lead to improved posture and even renewed ability to participate in physical activities and increased health and wellness. While physical discomfort may serve as a major factor when considering breast reduction, emotional discomfort and feelings of self-may also be addressed through breast reduction.
While breast reduction can be performed on patients of any age, ideal candidates are women who are over 20 years old, an age at which breasts are generally fully developed. Women who are either breast feeding or planning on breast feeding in the future should consider waiting on a breast reduction, due to the unpredictable nature of changes that may occur to the breasts as the result of pregnancy and breast feeding. When considering any type of plastic surgery procedure, it’s always best to consult a board certified plastic surgeon who can help you decide what will most benefit you in the long run. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has over 20 years of surgical experience, including over a decade of performing breast reductions, with the mission of helping to improve the health and look of each of his patients.
If you feel you are a good candidate for breast reduction and want to learn more information about the procedure or other plastic surgery procedures offered by Dr. Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery, please call our office at 770-622-9100 to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more up to date news and information.