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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Contact Information
 
(608) 836-9990
(866) 447-9990 (toll-free)
 
 
 
Location
 
The Transformations Clinic and Transformations Surgery Center, Inc., are located on the far west side of Madison, in Middleton, Wisconsin
 
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Breast reduction is one of many cosmetic and plastic surgery options offered by expert physicians at UW Health Transformations in Madison, Wisconsin. Both men and women visit our Transformations physicians for breast reduction procedures.
 
In a private, comfortable atmosphere, our physicians will explain the breast reduction process and discuss your desired results.
 
Breast reduction, known as reduction mammaplasty, removes fat and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Our expert surgeons are able to reduce breast size in men or women, resulting in improved self-image or tension on the body.
 
Frequently Asked Questions - For Women and Men
 
Breast Reduction (For Women)
 
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
 
Women who seek to relieve discomfort associated with very large, sagging breasts are good candidates for breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery is not typically performed until a woman's breasts are fully developed.
 
What does a breast reduction involve?
 
Liposuction alone can be performed when only fat needs to be removed. This procedure leaves minimal scars. In cases where skin and glandular tissue must be removed, your surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision before removing tissue and then reposition skin to lift the areola and create new breast contour.
 
Nipples and areola generally remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves, but surgeons may have to completely remove and graft them to a higher position for women with very large or pendulous breasts. As a result, you will have changes in nipple and areola sensation.
 
What should I do in the time leading up to my breast reduction surgery?
 
Your doctor will give you instructions before your breast reduction surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain medications and vitamins. In general, avoid smoking for four to six weeks and taking any form of aspirin for 14 days before and after your breast reduction procedure. You will also want to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for a couple of days.
 
What should I expect following a breast reduction procedure?
 
General side effects following breast reduction may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness or burning sensation. Most discomfort can be controlled by doctor-prescribed medication. Women may also experience dry breast skin, swelling during menstruation, random, shooting pain for a few months, and loss of feeling in nipples which typically fades within six weeks.

Immediately following the breast reduction procedure, your doctor may have you wear an elastic pressure garment or surgical bra day and night for two or more weeks, or until swelling and bruising subside. Women may be discharged with a surgical drain that helps to remove excess fluids from the site after operation. Drains are typically removed within one to two days after surgery and stitches are removed between one and two weeks.

Women may be able to return to work and social activities within two weeks after breast reduction surgery. Strenuous activity, including lifting or pushing heavy objects should be avoided for three to four weeks after surgery.

Possible risks of the breast reduction procedure include infection, fluid accumulation, injury to skin, rippling or bagginess of skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes, and excessive scarring if tissue was cut away.
 
Breast Reduction (For Men)
 
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
 
Health experts estimate that 40 to 60 percent of men suffer from female-like breasts, or gynecomastia. Breast reduction can be performed on healthy males of any age in order to ease self-consciousness associated with enlarged breasts.
 
However, surgeons may urge men who are overweight or obese to try exercise or weight loss before undergoing breast reduction surgery. In addition, men who drink alcohol in excess or smoke marijuana are considered poor candidates for reduction because these drugs are thought to cause gynecomastia.
 
What does a breast reduction involve?
 
Male breast reductions involve removal of fatty tissue by liposuction and removal of excess glandular tissue by making a small incision near the areola. The breast reduction procedure may last over an hour and hospitalization is not required.
 
What should I do in the time leading up to my breast reduction surgery?
 
Your doctor will give you instructions before your breast reduction surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain medications and vitamins. In general, avoid smoking or taking any form of aspirin 14 days before and after your breast reduction procedure. You will also want to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for a couple of days.
 
What should I expect following a breast reduction procedure?
 
General side effects following breast reduction may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness or burning sensation. Most discomfort can be controlled by doctor-prescribed medication.

Men may be able to return to work and social activities as early as a day or two after breast reduction surgery. Strenuous activity, including lifting or pushing heavy objects should be avoided for two to three weeks. Direct sun exposure will cause scars to darken permanently and should be avoided for at least six months.

Possible risks of the breast reduction procedure include infection, fluid accumulation, injury to skin, rippling or bagginess of skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes, and excessive scarring if tissue was cut away.