Breast reduction surgery is among the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women. According to stats recorded by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, women in the US underwent over 39,000 breast reduction surgeries last year alone and men underwent an additional 28,000 themselves. Though it’s clear that both sexes are interested in breast reduction, the reasons for undergoing a breast reduction can vary greatly depending on gender. Below I will outline the most common reasons and benefits achieved by both male and female breast reduction patients.

Why Men & Women opt for Breast Reduction SurgeryThere are a great number of reasons why a woman might be interested in breast reduction. Most commonly, breast reduction is an aesthetic choice for women who want to improve the proportions of their body with smaller breasts. For some women, larger breasts can be uncomfortable and burdensome and bring unwanted attention. For others, smaller breasts can be a stylistic choice. We have certainly noticed a trend of smaller breasts becoming more in-demand over the past couple years.

There are also medical benefits as well that lead some women to breast reduction. Larger breasts are heavier and can cause back and neck pain, as well as posture issues over time. Skin irritation is also common for women with larger than normal breasts. Additionally, heavier breasts can cause a constant pull that may lead to painful indentations in a woman’s shoulders caused by bra straps.

Male breast reduction is intended to help guys eliminate enlarged breasts, or “man boobs”, by removing excess fat and breast tissue. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, male breast reduction can improve the overall proportion of a patient’s physique and create a more masculine look. Though unlike women, the emotional results achieved from male breast reduction surgery can far exceed the physical results. There is a significant confidence boost common for men who have gained the ability to feel more comfortable in their clothes and take their shirts off without feeling hesitant or self-conscious.

Regardless of why they are chosen, both male and female breast reduction procedures have the ability to help patients achieve terrific, long-lasting results. Check out our breast reduction and male breast reduction galleries to see the amazing results this procedure can provide. For more information on breast reduction, please contact Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips and updates.