April 2015

Workup of Men with Gynecomastia

Disclaimer: The information throughout this plastic surgery website is not intended to be taken as medical advice. The information provided by female plastic surgeon Dr. Hayley Brown is intended to provide general information regarding breast surgery, body contouring, facial plastic surgery, and more for residents of Las Vegas, Henderson, and nearby locations throughout Nevada. This …

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Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Most patients presenting to the plastic surgery office for evaluation of gynecomastia report fairly long-standing chest fullness since puberty. Both breasts are affected symmetrically, and there is no history of pain or nipple discharge. Occasionally, the breast tissue is vaguely tender on exam. Most patients have diffuse chest fullness, others present with an isolated collection …

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Smoking and the Breast Reduction Patient

Breast reduction surgery, irrespective of technique, is very dependent on circulation for proper healing of deeper tissue, overlying skin, and the nipple and areola. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and therefore decreases oxygen delivery to healing tissues. Carbon Monoxide in smoke displaces oxygen so that it is not optimally delivered to tissues. Tissue loss can occur …

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Breast Feeding After Breast Reduction Surgery (BFAR)

Remarkably, most women can successfully breast feed after breast reduction surgery, although many may need to supplement. Breast- feeding ability can never be guaranteed after any surgical procedure, and some women without any history of breast surgery have difficulty breast-feeding for various reasons. The variability in the ability to breast-feed is extremely diverse and dependent …

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How Long does Breast Reduction Surgery Results Last?

Results can be long lasting in the majority of women who undergo breast reduction surgery. Most patients do not need repeat or maintenance surgery, like patients who have breast implants. Young women will experience appearance changes of their breasts from normal aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy, regardless of whether or not they have had …

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Will Insurance Cover the Costs of my Breast Reduction?

Insurance companies don’t want to pay for things that are clearly medically necessary, let alone a procedure that may be partially cosmetic. Depending upon your insurance company, some do offer benefits for surgical treatment of symptomatic macromastia. Each policy has certain criteria that need to be met in consideration for payment for breast reduction. Typically, …

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