Simply put, breast reduction is a surgery that reduces the size and weight of the breasts. The result is firmer and symmetrical breasts that are proportionate to your body. While this is a procedure most commonly performed on women, men may also consider having it done.
Breast reduction may be recommended for those with very large breasts (macromastia) and:
- Chronic pain that affects quality of life such as headaches, neck pain or shoulder pain.
- Chronic nerve problems caused by poor posture, which result in numbness or tingling in your arms or hands.
- Chronic rashes or yeast infections under your breasts.
Cosmetic concerns, such as persistent bra-strap groove and scar-like lines in the skin, unwelcome attention, difficulty finding clothes, low self-esteem and inability to participate in physical activity are other reasons people consider the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery is performed at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. The surgery involves removing breast tissue, fat and sagging, stretched skin. Your nipples may be moved higher to reposition them for cosmetic reasons. The procedure can last two and a half to three hours and may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Health insurance companies may cover the procedure if it’s being performed for medical (not cosmetic) reasons. You’ll want to check with your insurance company to find out what your benefits include.
Get started by contacting a plastic or cosmetic surgeon
who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These surgeons have special training and gained the skills to minimize and hide scaring, optimize breast shape and proportion, and provide exceptional patient outcomes.