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Large breasts can negatively impact a woman both physically and emotionally, causing symptoms such as chronic back pain, rashes, poor posture, low self-esteem and restricted activity. Many women seek treatment to reduce the painful effects of their large breasts, while also improving their self-confidence and overall quality of life. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery reduces the size of large, disproportionate breasts by removing excess fat, tissue and skin for a more desirable appearance and relief of physical and emotional symptoms.
How is a Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
During the breast reduction procedure, the surgeon makes either two circular incisions around the nipple or an anchor incision that circles the nipple and extends down the breast and along the breast crease. Fat and glandular tissue is then removed, while excess skin is tightened to produce a smaller, natural-looking breast. In some cases, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and then repositioned higher on the breast.
What Will My Breast Reduction Results Look Like?
The results of a breast reduction are visible right away and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will continue to fade over time, becoming less and less noticeable.
Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in Montreal. It can give women with small or unevenly-sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of implants in the breast.
Who is a Candidate for a Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery. The procedure may be combined with others such as a breast lift for more satisfying results.
How is a Breast Augmentation Performed?
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (saltwater) or silicone gel (recently approved by the FDA). They are placed behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle.
How Long Does a Breast Implant Procedure Take?
The procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. After surgery, the patient's bustline may be increased by one or more cup sizes.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A woman's breasts may droop as a result of the natural effects of aging, heredity, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is performed to return youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged or lost volume and firmness.
What are the Benefits of a Mastopexy?
Breast lifts rejuvenate the breasts by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast lifts can also reposition and reduce the size of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) which may have stretched or drooped.
Does a Breast Lift Procedure Require Anesthesia?
Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
How Long Do Mastopexy Procedures Take?
Mastopexy procedures can last from 1 to 3 hours.
What is the Recovery Process After a Breast Lift Procedure?
Most patients are immediately satisfied with their new breasts and can typically return to work one to two weeks following the procedure.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Surgery)
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, which is the overdevelopment of male breasts, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It can be the result of hormonal imbalance, obesity, certain drugs or heredity, and can affect one or both breasts.
Who Is a Candidate for a Male Breast Reduction?
Candidates for breast reduction are men who have large or sagging breasts that make them feel physically and/or emotionally uncomfortable. Breast reduction can be performed on men whose breast development is complete; are in good health, both physically and emotionally; do not smoke, and are not overweight. Ideally, candidates have firm, elastic skin that will reshape itself to fit the contours of their breasts post-surgery. Patients typically return to work within a week.
How is a Male Breast Reduction Procedure Performed?
Does a Male breast reduction require anesthesia?
Male breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
How Long Does a Gynecomastia Procedure Take?
Gynecomastia surgery typically takes 1 to 3 hours.
How soon after Gynecomastia Treatment Can I exercise?
Light aerobic exercise can be performed after a week, but strenuous activities should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.