Constant back and neck pain, gouges in your shoulders from bra straps, deteriorating posture and an inability to participate in certain activities rank among the common complaints of women with large breasts. Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) may help relieve these symptoms.
You can have breast reduction surgery at any age, but it’s generally advisable to wait until you’re at least age 20, by which time your breasts are likely to be fully developed. However, sometimes surgery is performed in teens who suffer significant emotional and psychological effects of having too-large breasts.
To make this procedure accessible to all our patients we provide Financing options.
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Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight; from back and neck pain, skin irritation to skeletal deformities breathing problems and furrows in their shoulders from bra straps. Often times large breasts can make a woman or a teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious. Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed for such women. 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.
THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR BREAST REDUCTION
Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction if it’s medically necessary, however, they may require that a certain amount of breast tissue is removed. Photographs will be taken which will be used for the pre-authorization process with your insurance company. Our office will contact your insurance company to obtain pre-authorization
ALL SURGERIES CARRY SOME UNCERTAINTIES AND RISK
THE BREAST REDUCTION CONSULTATION
Be sure to ask about limited incision breast surgery.
PREPARING FOR YOUR BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
- Avoiding certain medications that may complicate surgery or recovery. Such as Aspirin, and Aspirin type products, Vitamin E and Gingko.
- Stopping smoking for a period of time (6 weeks) before and after surgery
- Arranging for help and special care following surgery
BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Techniques for breast reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. Most often these stitches are dissolvable and under the skin. Oftentimes, a drain is placed in each breast. You will be given instructions on how to care for your drains and record the output. The drains will be removed by our staff in our office during a post-operative visit.
AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
You may experience random, shooting pains for a few months. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin caused by swelling after surgery. This usually diminishes over the next six months or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more.