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L A N C A S T E R M E D I C A L S O C I E T Y.O R G

Best Practices

BREAST
REDUCTION
What It Is,
Who It Can
Help, and
What to
Expect

BRYAN CICUTO, DO,
Plastic &Aesthetic
Surgery Associates

B

reast reduction is a procedure to
remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve
a breast size in proportion with
your body and to alleviate the discomfort
associated with overly large breasts.
Overly large breasts can cause health
and emotional problems. In addition to
self-image issues, you may also experience
physical pain and discomfort.
The weight of excess breast tissue can
impair your ability to lead an active life.
The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having
large pendulous breasts can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort
and pain.

- Are physically healthy

The decision to have breast reduction
surgery is extremely personal. You will
have to decide if the benefits will achieve
your goals and if the risks of breast reduction surgery and potential complications
are acceptable.

- Don't smoke

Your plastic surgeon will explain in detail
the risks associated with surgery.

BREAST REDUCTION IS
A GOOD OPTION FOR
YOU IF YOU:
- Have realistic expectations
- Are bothered by feeling that
your breasts are too large
- Have breasts that limit your
physical activity

- Experience back, neck, and
shoulder pain caused by the
weight of your breasts
- Have shoulder indentations
from bra straps

- Have skin irritation beneath
the breast crease

LANCASTER

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PHYSICIAN

Some of the risks include:

- Unfavorable scarring
- Infection
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation,
which may be temporary or permanent
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Breast contour and shape irregularities



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