Breast reduction surgery is typically indicated when the patient has extremely large breasts out of proportion for her body frame and may give an overweight appearance when indeed the rest of her body is within accepted range.View Before & After Gallery
Upper back, neck and shoulder pain, rashes under the breasts (especially during warm humid weather), bra strap grooves of the shoulder, and limitation in many sports activities are common complaints as well. Ability to wear outfits and clothes of her choice are also now more available after reduction and contouring of extremely large breasts.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction
Clothing Fits Better
Many styles of clothing do not cater to a larger bust line. A breast reduction will create a more balanced hourglass shape that will boost a woman’s confidence both in and out of the fitting room.
Reduces Back Pain
Heavy breasts can cause back pain and indentations in the shoulders from bra straps. This procedure will reduce the weight of overly large breasts and eliminate the associated discomfort and pain.
Improves Physical Ability
Large, heavy breasts often impede performance in athletics as well as routine physical activities. A breast reduction can increase mobility and comfort to improve the overall quality of life for patients.
Eliminates Skin Irritation
Skin irritation can occur beneath the breasts when they are excessively large. Breast reduction reduces the weight and lifts the breasts so they no longer irritate the skin.
Common Breast Reduction Concerns
Swelling and bruising will be apparent for at least the first two weeks, after which time most patients feel comfortable returning to work. After six weeks, patients can resume exercise and regular physical activities.
Scars with breast reduction are modest and fade over time. Typically, there will be a scar around the areola, a vertical scar from the areola to the breast crease, and a scar along the breast crease.
Pain after breast reduction is minimal and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. You may be instructed to wear a compression bra, which will also help decrease pain and swelling.
Duration of Results
The results of breast reduction will last a lifetime, and the breasts will continue to age naturally. Patients will experience lighter, more youthful breasts and increased comfort and confidence as a result of this procedure.
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Breast Reduction FAQ
Q. Who are the best candidates for breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) surgery?
A. Typical candidates for breast reduction desire to reduce the size of their breasts either for aesthetic reasons or to relieve pain and discomfort. The best candidates are in good physical health and do not smoke.
Q. Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
A. Some health insurance providers will cover the cost of breast reduction if the patient experiences pain and severe discomfort because of the size or weight of her breasts. Extensive documentation by the patient”s PCP, physical therapy and specific removal of breast tissue by weight may also be required by insurance companies. If done as a pure aesthetic procedure without insurance, the surgery can be accomplished reasonably in the plastic surgeon’s ambulatory surgical center.
Q. What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
A. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with breast reduction. Although rare, bleeding, infection, changes in skin sensation, asymmetry, or poor wound healing can occur. Follow-up visits with your surgeon will help to monitor and correct any complications.
Q. Will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?
A. It is best for patients to be finished having children prior to breast reduction surgery if they plan to breastfeed. While breast reduction will not completely alter the ability to breastfeed, there is a chance it may limit it to some extent.
Q. When will final results be apparent?
A. Once swelling and bruising dissipate, final results are apparent. Swelling can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months after surgery. Scars will continue to fade over time, and protecting your scars from the sun will help prevent them from darkening.