Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Specialist
Excessively large breasts can sometimes cause neck pain, back pain, headaches, breathing problems, and skin irritation. A breast reduction is performed to alleviate these problems and help one feel better about their breast size. Dr. Tyler Wayment at Renaissance Plastic Surgery provides breast reduction procedures for patients in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Breast Reduction Q & A

by Tyler Wayment, MD

What is the breast reduction procedure like?

One of the most common ways to perform a breast reduction involves making an anchor-shaped incision around the areola. The incision runs down and across the natural crease just below the patient’s breast. Excess fat, breast tissue, and skin will be removed and afterward, the nipple is brought up into a new position. Incisions are closed with sutures and drains will collect excess fluid. The two alternative incisions are a periareolar or a vertical incision, and Dr. Wayment can discuss the different techniques during a consultation.  The surgery, which is done on an outpatient basis, typically takes about three hours. After surgery, the incisions are taped and drains are usually removed within a week. Activities should be modified for six weeks.

Reasons for considering breast reduction:

  • Neck, back or shoulder pain
  • Recurring rashes beneath or between the breasts
  • Significant drooping of the breasts due to large size
  • Painful shoulder grooving
  • Limitations in activities due to weight and size of breasts

What is a breast reduction for men?

Over development of breast size can affect men as well as women and can have a significant impact on a man's self-esteem and confidence. This can be the result of:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Hereditary conditions
  • Drug use (steroids, estrogen containing medications, marijuana and/or alcohol use)
  • Medical problems (cancer, impaired liver function) or other etiologies

Reasons for considering male breast reduction:

  • Prominent or enlarged breast size
  • Inability to decrease breast size with diet and/or exercise
  • Low self-esteem or insecurity because of breast appearance

What is the procedure for men like?

There are various techniques available to treat gynecomastia and to find the best one for your situation, it’s best to discuss the treatments with a trained professional. When gynecomastia is the result of excess fatty tissue, Dr. Wayment would use liposuction. If there’s excess skin or glandular tissue present, the areola will have to be reduced or the nipple repositioned through an excision technique.

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