Reduce the Size of the Breasts
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is performed to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts by removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin.
One should consider a breast reduction if your breasts are too large for your body frame and create neck, back, or shoulder pain; if one breast is much larger than the other; if you are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts. Often women who consider breast reduction also consider a breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck.
FAQs about Breast Reduction
Who is a good candidate for a breast reduction?
Ideal candidates for breast reduction, also called a reduction mammoplasty, are women with breasts to large for their frame, who experience pain, discomfort, and/or embarrassment due to the size of their breast size. Men with gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts are also ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery.
What kind of scars can I expect from a breast reduction?
Scaring is dependent on an individual’s healing characteristics and the technique used for from breast reduction surgery. A traditional breast reduction surgery involves incisions that extend around the nipple, down the middle of the breast, and under the breast creating an anchor-like scar. Vertical incision breast reduction is similar to the traditional but creates a shorter scar, as the incision does not continue under the breast. Often the benefits of a breast reduction surgery outweigh the appearance of scars.
Are the results from a breast reduction surgery permanent?
Results from breast reduction surgery should be considered permanent, as the breasts will remain smaller than had the procedure never been performed. Breast size should remain fairly consistent, unless one becomes pregnant or one loses or gains a significant amount of weight. However the breasts will not be immune to the effects of aging and gravity.
What is the expected recovery time for a breast reduction?
Recovery time is highly dependent on the patient and how their body responds to breast reduction surgery. Before leaving the center or the hospital, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts, medications to use, and when to follow-up with Dr. Azad. You will wear a support bra 24 hours a day for several weeks and will need to clean and apply ointment to the incision sites as directed. Patients are normally able to return to work within two weeks, though some patients have been able to return sooner, depending on the patient’s level of discomfort. Light exercise, bending over, or lifting one’s arms over their head should be avoided for the first 3 weeks. Normal activity and exercise can resume typically eight weeks after your breast reduction surgery.
Will my insurance cover the breast reduction procedure?
Medical insurance may cover the cost of breast reduction surgery if the purpose of the procedure is to alleviate pain and physical discomfort caused by oversized breasts. There are many factors determining eligibility including the specific terms of an individual’s insurance policy.