Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reductions are one of the most rewarding, as well as, technically difficult surgeries to perform. It might surprise a lot of people that large breasted women may also want breast implants.

  • Am I a candidate for a breast reduction? – Most women intuitively understand that if they want smaller breasts, they need a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery not only reduces the size of the breast, but when skillfully performed, it lifts and shapes the breast as well. When naturally large breasts adjust with time under the influence of gravity, they become much more difficult to support. The pressure from the bra strap’s efforts to hold up the breast tissue can cause pain in the shoulder area and numbness in the hands. Furthermore, as most women know, even the best bra cannot elevate the breast to an ideal position.
  • What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction? There really is very little difference except for degree. In breast lifts only skin or a small amount of breast tissue is removed. In breast reduction surgery as much as a pound or more of tissue can be removed.
  • If I lose weight after a breast reduction, will I have to get implants? The fact of the matter is, implants are like a bra. Whether you have small breasts or large breasts, the shaping influence of breast implants may be something you would like. Breast reduction patients are no different than anyone else, when you lose weight, you may want an implant to fill out the upper portion of your breast to make it look less “deflated.”
  • How is a breast reduction performed? There are numerous methods for performing breast reduction surgery. Ask your surgeon how they perform this operation and why! I use a technique which involves no horizontal scars. It’s referred to as a vertical scar breast reduction. I use this technique not only because there is far less scarring, but also because the cosmetic result is superior. The technique involves reducing the width of the breast by a central wedge-shaped excision of skin and breast tissue in addition to tissue from the other zones of the breast. I demonstrate to all my patients how this is done during the consultation.
  • Does insurance cover this procedure? Most breast reduction surgery is covered by insurance because of the health benefits it typically provides. Every policy is different however. Some policies require documentation of physical therapy and alternative methods to deal with the muscle pain. All policies require a minimal volume of tissue to be removed. This amount is based on your height and weight. Though it is unusual for any of my patients to be smaller than a C cup after surgery, you should not have this operation if you are worried about being too small.
  • What are the risks of breast reduction? Breast reduction is major surgery. In addition to the general risks of surgery, breast reduction can cause new forms of asymmetry in your size or nipple position. Breast reduction surgery can also result in poor scars and bleeding after surgery. One of the most common complaints after breast reduction surgery is “dog ear” formation. This is when the breast tissue and skin on the sides of your chest become accentuated. This is a common complaint after the standard method of breast reduction, and almost an unheard of complaint after vertical scar reduction.


Breast Reduction Questions?

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