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Breast Reduction - FAQ

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, medically referred to as reduction mammaplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure intended to reduce large breasts as well as to make them more symmetrical and proportioned to the rest of the body.

Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are women whose breasts have fully developed and who are experiencing physical discomfort due to their breast size.

What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery can remedy a number of problems associated with enlarged breasts, including : back and neck pain, shoulder strain, poor posture, skin irritation and infection, shortness of breath, difficulty participating in sports or other recreational activities, difficulty fitting clothes, social/sexual embarrassment.

What are the risks involved of breast reduction surgery?

As with all surgery, breast reduction surgery does come with some risks. Complications may include infection, blood clots, adverse reaction to anesthesia, nerve damage, loss of sensation, asymmetry, and scarring. In some cases, a woman may lose the ability to breast feed.

What does breast reduction surgery involve?

The techniques for breast reduction vary . However, the procedure is almost always performed under general anesthesia . Generally, the doctor will make an incision similar in shape to an anchor or inverted keyhole that encompasses the area from the top of the nipple to the crease of the breast. Then, the surgeon removes excess fat, skin, and tissue and repositions the remaining skin and areola. Breast reduction surgery usually takes one to three hours per breast .

What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

After surgery, your breast area will be wrapped in gauze and an elastic bandage or surgical bra . You will have to continue wearing the bra/bandage even after the gauze has been removed, which usually happens several days after the breast reduction surgery. For several weeks to several months, you can expect to experience soreness and swelling while your breasts heal. Patients can usually resume work and other activities between one and six weeks after the surgery , depending on the individual.

How much does a breast reduction cost?

The cost of a breast reduction surgery varies. Typically, the cost can range anywhere from $5000 to $10,000. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the surgery and the patient's healthcare coverage, the patient may be able to file an insurance claim. Because this procedure is often done for medical purposes, most insurance companies will cover the costs of breast reduction surgery.

Where do I find a doctor who performs breast reduction surgery?

When looking for a doctor to perform a breast reduction surgery, it is important to find one who is a board-certified plastic surgeon and who specializes in breast reduction surgery . Only a qualified plastic surgeon can evaluate your case and explain the risks and benefits associated with major surgery. Please contact us to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.