Many women with excessively large and heavy breasts experience pain in their neck and back, difficulty performing routine activities or exercise, and frustration with fitting into certain styles of clothing. Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed to relieve the excess weight and reduce the size of female breasts.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction
Clothing Fits Better
Many styles of clothing do not cater to a larger bust line. A breast reduction may create a more balanced hourglass shape that can boost a woman’s confidence both in and out of the fitting room.
Improves Physical Activity
Large and heavy breasts may impede athletic performance as well as routine physical activity. A breast reduction can increase mobility and comfort and improve the overall quality of life.
Reduces Back Pain
Heavy breasts can cause back pain and indentations in the shoulders from bra straps. A breast reduction may relieve the heavy weight and possibly eliminate discomfort.
Eliminates Skin Irritation
Results of breast reduction surgery are long term. Patients can experience lighter, more youthful-looking breasts and increased comfort and confidence as a result of this procedure.
Common Breast Reduction Concerns
Swelling and bruising will be apparent for at least the first two weeks, after which time most patients feel comfortable returning to work. After six weeks, patients can resume exercise.
Pain after breast reduction is minimal and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. You may be instructed to wear a compression bra, which will also help decrease pain and swelling.
Easily seen scars from breast reduction are minimal and fade over time. Typically, there will be a scar around the areola, a vertical scar from the areola to the breast crease, and a scar along the breast crease.
Duration of Results
Results of breast reduction are long term. Patients can experience lighter, more youthful-looking breasts and increased comfort and confidence as a result of this procedure.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Who are the best candidates for breast reduction?
Typical candidates for breast reduction desire to reduce the size of their breasts either for aesthetic reasons or to relieve pain and discomfort. The best candidates are in good physical health and do not smoke.
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
Some health insurance providers will cover the cost of breast reduction if the patient experiences pain and severe discomfort because of the size or weight of their breasts. Each health insurance provider has its own requirements for how much breast tissue will need to be removed in order to be covered. The proposed amount of tissue to be removed will be determined during your consultation and submitted to your insurance provider for approval.
What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with breast reduction. Although rare, bleeding, infection, changes in skin sensation, asymmetry, or poor wound healing can occur. Follow-up visits with your surgeon will help to monitor and correct any complications.
Will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?
It is best for patients to be finished having children prior to breast reduction surgery if they plan to breastfeed. While breast reduction will not completely alter the ability to breastfeed, it may limit it to some extent.
When will final results be apparent?
Once swelling and bruising dissipate, your final results will become apparent. Swelling can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months after surgery. Scars will continue to fade over time, and protecting your scars from the sun will help prevent them from darkening.