Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is the removal of breast tissues. This type of breast augmentation is designed for women with large, pendulous breasts who experience a variety of medical problems caused by excessive weight and low center gravity of their breasts, ranging from back and neck pain and skin irritation to skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Disproportionally large and heavy breasts may also diminish a women’s sense of self-esteem and independence as it makes fitting into clothing, participating in sports, etc. difficult. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.
Insurance coverage is sometimes available for breast reduction surgery. Many factors determine your eligibility, including the specific terms of your insurance policy and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery. Please speak one of our office staff members for details.
BEST CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST REDUCTION
Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have the surgery are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. Traditionally, breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed.
Surgery and Anesthesia
Breast reduction surgery may be performed in a hospital, an outpatient surgery center or an office-based surgical suite. If you are admitted to the hospital, your stay will be a short one. The surgery itself usually takes three to four hours, but may take longer in some cases. Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. You’ll be asleep through the entire operation.