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Breast reduction (mammoplasty) - series - Indications

  
Indications

Breast reduction is usually performed for enlarged breasts (macromastia), but may also be indicated by:

  • cystic breast infections (polycystic mastitis)
  • back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, breast pain, or headaches
  • loss of sensation in the breasts, arms, or fingers
  • sleeping problems or poor posture resulting from large breasts
  • pigmented bra-strap groove
  • striae (scarlike lines) on the breasts

Mammograms (breast X-rays) and a routine breast exam are required before surgery.



Review Date: 2/12/2013
Reviewed By: David A. Lickstein, MD, FACS, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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