Overly large breasts may pose physical and emotional challenges, such as chronic pain, posture problems, and restricted movement. Women may also feel self-conscious and face wardrobe difficulties. If you’re grappling with these issues, breast reduction surgery could offer a viable solution.
Opting for breast reduction surgery is a choice individuals with overly large breasts may make to alleviate discomfort and attain a more balanced breast size. This transformative procedure often proves impactful by addressing both medical issues and aesthetic considerations.
What is Breast Reduction
Breast reduction or reduction mammaplasty removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin in the breasts. The procedure can also decrease the size of the areola – the dark skin around the nipple. Excessively large breasts can affect self-esteem, posture, comfort, ability to engage in activities, ability to wear certain clothes, and overall health.
Patients often complain of neck, shoulder, and back pain. Often the patient’s bra may leave marks in the skin. A poor arched posture may arise and worsen over time as the shoulders are gradually pulled forward. Due in large part to its ability to immediately relieve symptoms, breast reduction surgery exhibits some of the highest patient satisfaction scores among all procedures performed by plastic surgeons.
Who Is A Candidate
- A healthy, non-smoking (>1 month) patient
- A patient displeased with excessively large breasts
- A patient displeased with breasts which are asymmetric in size
The procedure may be performed under either IV or general anesthesia. The procedure includes the following.
INCISIONS ARE TYPICALLY LOCATED AROUND THE AREOLA IN A CONCENTRIC PATTERN, VERTICALLY DOWN FROM THE AREOLA TO THE BREAST CREASE, AND HORIZONTALLY AT THE BREAST CREASE (THE “ANCHOR” OR “WISE PATTERN” INCISION).
LIPOSUCTION MAY ALSO BE USED AS AN ADJUNCT TO THE PROCEDURE TO MORE THOROUGHLY SCULPT THE REDUCED BREAST AND SURROUNDING TISSUE. DRAINS ARE RARELY USED EXCESS BREAST TISSUE, FAT, AND SKIN ARE EXCISE
Breast Lift Recovery
Following outpatient breast reduction surgery, immediate results are observed, with further reduction in breast size occurring over 4 to 8 weeks postoperatively. Pain levels vary, and oral pain medication may be required for 7 to 10 days.
A compression bra is provided and should be worn for 2 weeks, transitioning to a sports bra after 2 weeks, and avoiding wire bras until at least 4 weeks postoperative. Drains, if placed, are typically removed within one week, and all sutures are dissolvable.
Patients can resume daily activities with walking encouraged, showering permitted after 2 days, and no lifting exceeding 10 pounds for the initial 2 weeks. Driving is allowed when necessary, considering narcotic pain medication.
Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks. Depending on job demands, expect to take 1 to 2 weeks off work. Follow-up appointments are scheduled at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and as needed thereafter.
Breast Reduction Before and After
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Breast Reduction Surgery Cost
The latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals an average cost of $5,913 for breast reduction (aesthetic patients only). Note that this surgeon’s fee is just one component; additional expenses like anesthesia and facility fees are not included. To ascertain your final cost, consult your plastic surgeon’s office.
Questions and Answers
Will i have breast reduction scars?
While scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure, individuals undergoing breast reduction surgery often discover that the resulting scars are a minor trade-off compared to the substantial benefits of attaining a lighter, more proportionate breast size.
What is the best age for breast reduction?
Typically, women’s body shape and breast development reach completion in their 20s, and unless there’s a significant weight change, breast size tends to remain stable. For some, this age is considered optimal for undergoing such surgery.
What size breasts qualify for reduction?
There is no specific minimum breast size for reduction, varying with individual body proportions and preferences. Surgeons generally suggest candidates for breast reduction surgery to have at least a C cup or larger.
What disqualifies you from a breast reduction?
Patient safety is paramount for surgeons, and obtaining medical clearance from a primary care physician may be necessary to ensure the individual is physically suitable for the procedure. Considerations like smoking, obesity, or a compromised immune system can also influence surgical outcomes.
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
Certainly. Numerous health insurance plans cover breast reductions, but your surgeon might need to seek authorization from your health insurance company for coverage. We specialize in diligently assisting our patients to secure the necessary authorization for their breast reduction surgery.
What other procedures can you combine with breast reduction?