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Research May be New but We Already Knew This about Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast surgery is a big decision for any woman to make. Whether going larger or smaller or just refining the shape that’s already there, breast surgery offers the opportunity to feel better about one’s body. We’ve known this for many years; that women can experience profound effects from surgery like breast reduction. Frankly, from our perspective, it’s interesting that anyone is still studying this point. Because they are, we presume the information gained may benefit someone who may not be as familiar with plastic surgery as we are.

The study Breast Hypertrophy, Reduction Mammaplasty, and Body Image, published in the October 2018 issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, has confirmed that women who undergo breast reduction surgery achieve both physical and emotional gains from their decision. The Brazilian study questioned and examined 100 women scheduled for breast reduction as well as another group of women categorized as having normal sized breasts.

Women with normal sized breasts made up the control group of the study while the other 100 participants were interested in reducing breast size. Each woman in the study answered questionnaires and underwent exams such as a body investment scale and body dysmorphic disorder assessment. Exams and questionnaires were completed before any participants underwent breast reduction. These were repeated six months after surgery.

Comparing postoperative data to preoperative information, researchers determined that women in the breast reduction group demonstrated improved scores postoperatively whereas women in the control group demonstrated the same scores after surgery as they did before.

The Big Question

The question about breast reduction surgery, like any breast surgery, is whether or not the procedure and subsequent recovery time are worth it. This recent study is one more confirmation that it absolutely can be worth it to reduce breasts that feel too large. Women who reduce their breast size frequently express significant improvement in self-confidence. Not only are they more satisfied with their body but they also feel much less inhibited in professional and social situations once their breasts no longer get unwanted attention.

We value communication with our patients and believe that a well-informed patient is one that is more likely to be satisfied with the outcome of their selected treatment. Would you like to know more about breast reduction surgery? Contact us to schedule a consultation.

Breast Reduction in the Spotlight

breast reduction Pottsville HazletonThere are no procedures at this time that outnumber those that enhance the appearance of the breasts. When you think of this, the procedure that may first come to mind is breast augmentation. Yes, there are benefits to enlargement with breast implants. Any woman who has had this procedure will tell you what they are. But there is another breast procedure that also deserves some air time: breast reduction.

Just as there are general benefits to making any part of the body more attractive and shapely, there are also unique benefits to various procedures. Breast reduction is no exception. Women who undergo this method of body-contouring are treated to . . .

Higher confidence.

The confidence a woman gains after breast reduction is not newly developed, it was always inside of her. The smaller size of her breasts just lets her confidence shine. Here’s one way this can happen: the size of the breasts no longer overshadows every other aspect of physical appearance or character traits. A woman with large breasts often feels as though she has to grin and bear it as another sneers at, stares at, or jokes about her physique. Removing this obstacle (over which she had no control) empowers a woman to be known for who she really is, not for her shape. Now that’s confidence!


Ok, so breast reduction probably won’t lead a woman to entirely change the way she dresses – at least not as it pertains to the price of her clothing. Some women do actually change their entire style. This isn’t because her preference has changed, though; it’s because her body can now fit into the types of clothing she always wanted to wear. Tank tops and bikinis may no longer feel intimidating and may actually be appealing and comfortable.

Improved health.

Having large breasts does not make a woman unhealthy. What may inhibit optimal well-being is the lack of motivation a large-breasted woman has regarding physical fitness. Whether there might be an interest in yoga, weight training, or aerobics, the discomfort of hard-to-support breasts may be a huge obstacle – an obstacle overcome for good with breast reduction.

If you are near Pottsville or Hazleton, we invite you to schedule a consultation with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kimmel to discuss what is possible for you.

Breast Reduction: What to know about Recovery

Breast Reduction Recovery Pottsville, PA and Hazleton, PAIt is often a desire for larger breasts that is in the spotlight, so to speak. We know that not every woman fits into the category of wanting breast enlargement. Dr. Kimmel provides a wealth of services to patients from Reading, Pottsville, Hazleton, Philadelphia, and more – including breast reduction.

Breast reduction surgery is conducted with the intent of enabling a woman to feel comfortable in her own body. When breasts are smaller, they are also lighter in terms of weight, which means a woman is eased of the burden (literally!) that she has carried for year. Undergoing a breast procedure is a big decision that requires you to have the full extent of information in order to determine what is best for you. Here, we will look at the matter of recovery.

The Process of Reducing Breast Size

Breast reduction surgery is more than a slight liposuction procedure. The breasts must be shaped, not just resized. This means there will be incisions, and that the areolas will be moved so they face forward rather than downward. Incisions, tissue removal, and tightening mean disruption to the natural form, and that means you need a bit of special care after this procedure.

  • Pain is one of the primary concerns that patients have when they face surgery. At the same time, many patients also want to take prescription medication for as short a time as possible. Surgeons agree that there is no value in waiting to see “how bad” pain becomes without medication. The body needs to heal, and that means you want to minimize stress; both physical and emotional. After breast reduction, take your prescription medication as prescribed for at least a few days. Then see if comfort can be maintained with over-the-counter medication. If you have any questions regarding discomfort after breast reduction, call our office.
  • Expect to wear a surgical bra 24/7 for several days, or as long as a few weeks. The purpose of this light compression garment is to minimize swelling and bruising by preventing excessive movement of the chest muscles. Once you no longer need the degree of support gained with the surgical bra, switch to a good sports bra, gradually transitioning into your everyday bra over time.
  • Take it slow. Many patients expect to be back to their normal routine within a few weeks. However, full recovery can take as long as a month, and strenuous exercise should not be performed for the first 6 weeks after breast reduction.

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A Quick Look on the Increasing Number of Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

According to the recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male breast reduction made it into the top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures for men in 2012. Here at our Hazleton male plastic surgery practice, we won’t be surprised if male breast reduction will be a notch higher in the top 5 list once the 2013 statistics will be revealed. After all, we have a noticed a significant increase in the number of men who visit our clinic for breast removal brought about by gynecomastia or abnormal enlargement of breasts in men.

More Than Just Self-Esteem Issues

According to a study published in the April 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), enlarged breasts in male teens has a negative impact on their self-esteem. Furthermore, head researcher Dr. Brian A. Labow stated that  “merely having gynecomastia was sufficient to cause significant deficits in general health, social functioning, mental health, self-esteem, and eating behaviors and attitudes compared with controls (boys without breast enlargement).”

When to Consider Male Breast Reduction at Keystone Surgery Center

By and large, you are an ideal candidate for a male breast reduction procedure if you notice abnormal enlargement of your breasts. In addition, you should:

  • be relatively within your ideal weight
  • have realistic expectations of the procedure
  • have no existing conditions that could delay healing and/or life-threatening
  • be a non-smoker or has quit smoking months before the procedure

Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

A consultation with an experienced male breast reduction surgeon will help you figure out whether or not you are qualified to undergo the surgery. Aside from an assessment of your medical history, a thorough physical exam will be done, too.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900. We look forward to your visit!

Why Naturally Large Breasts May Not Be As Glamorous As You Think

Breast augmentation topped the list of the most frequently performed surgical plastic surgeries in 2012, majority of which employed silicone implants. It may be to conclude that most women nowadays are looking into increasing the size and appearance of their breasts based on recent statistics, it should be noted that there are also women who wish to have their excessively large breasts reduced.

 Here at our Hazleton cosmetic surgery practice, women with overly large breasts seek breast reduction surgery for the the following reasons:

  • neck, shoulder and back pain due to heavy breasts
  • soreness and irritation in the shoulder area resulting from bra straps digging through the skin
  • inflammation underneath the breast folds
  • restrictions or limitations of physical activities due to the massive weight and size of  breasts
  • self-consciousness and self-discomfort due to unwanted attention
  • poor posture

Through the removal of excess skin, fat, and breast tissue, breast reduction has been shown to significantly relieve the psychological and physical strains associated with overly large breasts. Here at our practice, we will reshape and reposition your breasts to for a more comfortable and proportionate bosom on your end.

If you are interested in undergoing breast reduction at the Keystone Surgery Center, your first step should be to learn everything you can about the surgery and your options. To be able to do this, an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel should be in order! Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

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