Mammaplasty (breast reduction) is a surgical procedure than can be used to reduce the size of the breasts. It is commonly used in women with overly large breasts and can also be used to treat Gynecomastia (benign enlargement of breast tissue in males).
The procedure involves making an incision in the breast, removing excess tissue and then suturing the incision. Many plastic surgeons now employ innovative surgical techniques that minimize scarring and preserve the opportunity for breastfeeding in the future.
For some patients, mammaplasty is performed purely for cosmetic reasons. Reducing the size of overly large breasts can bring an individual’s proportions more inline and provide a slimmer, more attractive appearance. However, for others, Mammaplasty is performed to improve an individual’s health. In some cases, overly large breasts can lead to a variety of health issues including posture problems and chronic neck and back pain. In cases where overly large breasts are causing medical problems, mammaplasty may be deemed “medically necessary” by an insurance company. If this is the case, the procedure may be partially or fully covered under a health insurance plan.
Whether mammaplasty is performed purely for cosmetic reasons or it is deemed medically necessary, this surgical procedure can be life changing for many individuals. Mammaplasty can open up a wide variety of wardrobe options that were not possible in the past. It can also make it possible for individuals to participate in sports and other activities that were painful or difficult prior to surgery.
If you are tired of dealing with overly large breasts, talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in your local area. After a thorough evaluation, your plastic surgeon can determine if mammaplasty is right for you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
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