Women experience dissatisfaction with breast size at both ends of the spectrum, and breasts that are excessively large or heavy can cause a great deal of discomfort and self-consciousness. Dr. Charles Perry performs the latest techniques to address the issues associated with overly large breasts, including reducing the size of the areolas (pigmented area around the nipples). If you are unhappy with your breasts due to their size, a breast reduction from our board-certified plastic surgeon may help you feel more comfortable and confident in your body.
- What Is a Breast Reduction?
- Breast Reduction Benefits
- Breast Reduction Candidates
- Breast Reduction Procedure
- Breast Reduction Recovery
- Breast Reduction and Medical Insurance
- Breast Reduction Cost
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts to alleviate discomfort and improve self-worth. Excess fat, skin, and breast tissue are removed, and the areolas may be reduced in size to create a more proportional, flattering, and balanced effect, one that does not feel as burdensome to the woman. Breast reduction surgery often is considered a medically necessary procedure, as well as a cosmetic one.
What Can a Breast Reduction Treat?
In addition to creating greater balance between the breasts and body, breast reduction surgery can alleviate many concerns associated with having overly large breasts, including:
- Chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Chronic skin irritation and chafing under the breasts
- Activity limitations due to large breasts
- Poor self-image associated with large breasts
- Difficulty fitting into clothing, including bras
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
In addition to desiring breasts of a more manageable and proportional size, women who are considering breast reduction surgery should be in good overall health and have reasonable expectations for what this procedure can accomplish. Furthermore, they should not use tobacco products, or they should be able to cease using tobacco products for a period before and after the procedure to ensure optimal healing.
What Happens During a Breast Reduction?
Several techniques are available to address overly large breasts, but the most common approach is the anchor incision. One incision is made around the border of the areola, one or two are made vertically from the areola to the underside of the breast where it meets the chest (inframammary fold), and the last one is made horizontally along the inframammary fold, creating an “anchor” shape. The areolas can also be resized and reshaped during this procedure. Excess fat, skin, and breast tissue will be removed to create a smaller, lighter, and more proportional breast, and the nipple-areola complex will be moved up to create an aesthetically appealing outcome.
What Is Recovery From a Breast Reduction Like?
You should be able to return home the same day as your operation, and you will likely spend the next two weeks recovering at home. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort will peak in the first week and begin to decline, and we will provide medication to alleviate your pain. Dr. Perry will review the post-operative recovery instructions with you, and it’s important to follow these guidelines as closely as possible for the best experience and result. You should also avoid strenuous activity for six weeks, although other forms of activity, including most job responsibilities, can be resumed after two or three weeks.
How Can I Get Insurance to Cover My Breast Reduction?
You should ask your medical insurance representative if your policy includes coverage for breast reduction surgery. If so, you usually have to demonstrate a medical need for the procedure, such as chronic pain or chafing that requires medication or treatment. Furthermore, many insurance plans require the surgeon to remove a minimum amount of tissue to qualify. We can review your options at your initial consultation and provide guidance on how to maximize your benefits. If you choose to pay out of pocket for a cosmetic procedure, we can help you identify reputable lenders that offer plastic surgery financing.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost?
The price of breast reduction surgery at our practice is $7,500, and this number includes Dr. Perry’s surgical fee, the cost of using an accredited surgical facility, and the anesthesiology fee. The unique parameters of your treatment plan may alter this estimate, and our medical team will review the cost of your program with you at your initial consultation. We believe providing a full, comprehensive quote gives our patients the best information from which to make their healthcare decisions.
Would you like to learn more about how breast reduction surgery may be right for you? Contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry and get the help you need.