Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of very large breasts that are disproportionate to a woman’s body and cause physical or emotional pain. The most common method is the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin, which allows elevation of the nipple and tightening of the overall breast shape. The procedure lasts about two hours and is usually performed in a hospital setting. After the operation an elastic tube top is worn for support.

Four or five days after surgery, most patients start to feel well enough to return to light activities. Due to the extent of surgical dissection involved in the procedure, total recovery time is four weeks, during which the patient should not work or do vigorous exercise.

Appropriate candidates for breast reduction are nonsmoking, healthy women who have a positive outlook and specific goals for improving their physical and emotional well-being. Men with gynecomastia may also require this procedure, which results in a normal breast shape with minimal scarring.

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