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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is designed to reduce the weight of the breasts, raise the nipple to its proper location, and to reshape the breasts into a more pleasing shape. The results of breast reduction surgery are long lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Your better-proportioned figure will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence. This procedure is suitable for patients at almost any age.

Will I be happy if I get a breast reduction?

Many women with large breasts consider undergoing breast reduction surgery. But many of these same women do not seek consultation because they are unsure if it will help them and if they will be happy with the results. Others worry about if health insurance will cover the costs of the surgery.

Breast reduction surgery overall has a very high patient satisfaction rate. Numerous women are bothered on a daily basis by the size of their breasts. These patients often complain of chronic back and neck pain, grooving from their bras, inability to exercise, or even rashes around the breasts. These symptoms are all improved following breast reduction surgery. Even women who are overweight or obese are helped by the surgery.

Breast reduction surgery is available to patients in almost any age range. The goal of the surgical procedure is to reduce the size of the breasts and tighten the skin envelope in order to make the breasts a more appropriate fit for the patient’s body shape. The nipples are also brought up to a better position.

During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the size and shape of the breasts, document any symptoms related to their size, and check for existing asymmetry or drooping (ptosis) of the breasts or nipples. He/she will also discuss the risks of the surgery. A mammogram may be recommended for women over 40 prior to surgery.

Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours to complete. Patients are sent home with pain medications and antibiotics. Most patients are asked to wear a sports bra for several weeks after the surgery. Sutures do not have to be removed. Patients are restricted from heavy lifting or exercise for several weeks after surgery.

The risks of breast reduction surgery include the following: infection, changes in nipple sensation, delayed healing, difficulty breastfeeding, and asymmetry. The actual risk of complications is low overall, and patients usually have an uncomplicated recovery. There is no increased risk of breast cancer following breast reduction surgery.

Most insurance plans cover the costs of breast reduction surgery in the appropriate patient. Patients who have a history of prior treatment of neck and back symptoms have a higher chance of approval. The patient’s height, weight, bra size, and prior symptoms are submitted for review prior to approval.

Breast reduction surgery is an excellent option for patients who are bothered by the size of their breasts. Patients achieve good relief of back and neck symptoms, have improved body image and are able to exercise more vigorously. Overall, the surgery is well tolerated and has a very high satisfaction rate.

Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Breast reduction surgery is an excellent option for patients who are bothered by the size of their breasts. Overall, the surgery is well tolerated and has a very high satisfaction rate.
  • Many insurance plans cover the cost of breast reduction surgery.
  • The surgery is designed to make the breast smaller, improve nipple position, and correct any drooping.
  • The surgery is an outpatient procedure with a short recovery time.
  • Consultation with a surgeon is necessary to document the symptoms prior to submission to an insurance company.
  • There is a low risk of complications following surgery-risks include: infection, nipple sensation changes, delayed healing.
  • The surgery can relieve neck and back pain, help women return to exercise, and help them feel more confident in their body image.

Issues resolved with breast reduction surgery are:

  • Low-hanging breasts and stretched skin
  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Chronic rash under the breasts
  • Deep grooves in the shoulders from bra strap pressure
  • Poor posture
  • Restricted activity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing

The surgery is typically a short outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Recovery time is typically 2-4 weeks, during which time patients are asked to wear a sports bra and avoid heavy activities. The type of incisions used depends on the amount of breast tissue that has to be removed.