Are You A Good Candidate For Breast Reduction?

Those who whose breasts are disproportionately large or heavy for their body, often experience a variety of physical and emotional issues, including chronic pain in the base of the neck, back and shoulders. For many women, reducing the size of overly large breasts also serves to increase self-confidence and consequently improve emotional well being. Traditionally, breast reduction surgery has been associated with women, however, in recent years, increasing numbers of men are also turning to breast reduction as a means to achieve a more chiselled and contoured chest.

For those considering breast reduction surgery in the New York area, a good starting point is to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Dr. Gartner is one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons in New York and specializes in breast reduction surgery, which is performed at his Manhattan clinic as well as both of the New Jersey locations.

Regardless of age, a good candidate for breast reduction surgery is typically one who is in overall good health, both physically and psychologically. Some medical conditions, such as cancer and severe obesity, may make the surgery unsafe.

The best results, both physically and emotionally are usually experienced by patients who have struggled with the discomfort of large and heavy breasts throughout their lives. Those who are experiencing back, shoulder or neck pain associated with overly large breasts also usually have difficulty finding clothes that fit well, and are often self-conscious. Such patients tend to find the surgery most rewarding since much of the pain and discomfort are alleviated by the procedure.

The surgery is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as planning to have children in the immediate future. A history of irregular mammograms may also be inhibitory when it comes to getting a breast reduction.

A good candidate for the surgery is one who is aware of the potential risks and complications related to the procedure. It is also important to have realistic expectations when it comes to the results and the recovery period. Dr. Gartner is known for his meticulous approach to plastic surgery and ensures that all of the important considerations are discussed with patients during their consultation, in order to allow a fully informed decision.

It should be noted, that someone who is considered a good candidate for a particular type of breast reduction, might not be an ideal candidate for another type.

For example, for patients considering scar-less breast reduction, the breasts must be primarily composed of fatty tissue. This technique is typically used to reduce the breast size by a couple of cup sizes. For patients with a lot of glandular tissue, the vertical breast reduction technique is more suitable, and results in a more drastic reduction.

As one of the most renowned plastic surgeons in the New Jersey area, rest assured, breast reduction is one of the most rewarding cosmetic procedures performed at Dr. Gartner’s state-of-the-art surgical facility. Each patient is individually assessed in a consultation to determine if they are indeed a good candidate for the procedure.

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