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Breast Reduction

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Nowadays, there are more people worried about their oversized breasts due to a change in diet or lifestyle.

Those suffering from oversized breasts often also experience droopy breasts (mastoptosis). Apart from looking unattractive, they can cause pain in the shoulders, neck, etc. due to their weight. In addition, people often suffer from skin lesions such as eczema, etc. on the infra-mammary fold or around the area (caused by many skin folds) between breasts, resulting in personal hygiene often becoming a problem.

Those who are affected by this condition can become emotionally distressed and can suffer from social phobia, leading to psychological disorders in more serious cases.

Considerations Before Breast Reduction

The ideal standards for breast size vary depending on the time period and society one is in. In addition, they vary depending on each individual's build.

Ideal breast volumes range from 250 to 300 cc. 400~600 cc is considered moderately obese, 600-1000 cc is considered severely obese, and more than 1500 cc is considered as a case of gigantomastia. However, as the contours between breasts and body shape are more important than these absolute volumes, counselling before surgery is necessary to satisfy personal preferences and expectations.

Surgery Method

Breast reduction is a surgery incising drooping skin, changing the position of the areolar, and reducing breast parenchyme. As for performing the surgery, the important thing is to have minimal scarring. Scars can be inevitably left to some extent as breast reduction incises skin. Scars resulting from surgery include: round scars surrounding the areolar, a line running from the nipples vertically, and two extended lines running from the infra-mammary fold horizontally in both directions.

Generally speaking, the more breast parenchyme and drooping skin that need to be cut (indicating more severe gigantomastia), the longer the resulting scars. Therefore, counselling before surgery is necessary to decide the breast size one desires and the extent of scarring allowable.



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