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Breast Reduction Mammaplasty, What Is It?

Breast reduction mammaplasty is commonly called breast reduction surgery. During the procedure the plastic surgeon will remove fat, skin and glandular tissue from the breasts in order to reduce their size. Although breast reduction surgery in Chicago can be performed on men as well as women, it is more common for a woman to undergo this procedure.

Many women that undergo breast reduction surgery do so because the weight of their breasts is the cause of back and neck pain. Reasons other than this include cystic infections, problems with posture or painful shoulders caused by pressure exerted from bra straps. Overly large breasts can sag under their weight causing significant stretch marks; it is common under these conditions to suffer from chronic rash under the breasts.

There are several techniques the plastic surgeon can employ when undertaking breast reduction mammaplasty, the procedure, whichever one is chosen is done under general anesthesia. The most common procedure requires than an incision in the shape of an inverted “T” be made, the incision starts around the areola, goes vertically down the underside of the breast and then horizontally either side of the vertical incision. Although the surgeon often leaves the nerve and blood supply to the areola untouched there are times when removing them is a surgical necessity, they can be reattached as one of the last stages of the procedure. Once the breast has been opened the surgeon can remove excess breast tissue, reshaping that which is left. To close the incision the surgeon draws together the incision points, removes all excess skin and closes the site with deep sutures.

As breast reduction surgery in Chicago is invasive, there is bound to be pain and tenderness during the recovery period. Usually the surgeon prescribes pain management medication to help the patient deal with this. As with any invasive surgery there may be bleeding or infection but these are complications that are easily dealt with.

Although the procedure does result in a painful recovery period, many women with excessively large breasts feel that short term pain is far better than constant back, neck and shoulder pain. Once a woman has undergone a mammaplasty there are usually delighted with the fact that they can enjoy physical activity without constant pain. It is not only the fact that life is more enjoyable, breast reduction surgery in Chicago results in a dramatic improvement in the patients self-confidence and a renewed interest in body image.

Women with excessively large breasts can improve their lives by undergoing breast reduction surgery in Chicago. To discuss the benefits of the procedure in detail, you are invited to make an appointment with Chicago breast surgeon, Dr. Michael Horn. Visit them online at domain URL