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What operation has the happiest postoperative patients?
Breast reduction

We all want what we don’t have. Women with small breasts usually wish they had bigger breasts, and those with larger breasts usually want smaller ones.

Excessively large breasts can strain the neck and upper back muscles. This medical condition is known as macromastia or breast hypertrophy. Breast reduction surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by plastic surgeons around the world with proven success. Performed in the outpatient setting, patients go home on the same day. They often say that they already notice a big difference at their first postoperative appointment.

The amount of breast tissue removed varies greatly depending on the patient’s size. The ultimate goal is to remove enough tissue to be effective, but keep the breast size proportionate with the patient’s natural body frame. As a result, predicting postoperative bra/cup size is extremely difficult.

What is the recovery like?
Patients tend to do well with this surgery and take anywhere between five to seven days off before returning to work (longer for physical labor). The patient wears a comfortable support bra, placed at the time of surgery, for approximately three months. 

What about the scars?
The exact type of scar can vary depending on the initial shape of the breast and the amount of excess skin and tissue to be removed. A wise-pattern or anchor-pattern incision is often utilized along with a vertical scar pattern. While not insignificant, most patients gladly take the scars to feel better after surgery. 

Am I a candidate?
Women with a BMI below 35 (refer to the body mass index chart) who have symptoms of breast hypertrophy and failed conservative measures may be candidates for surgery once all other medical conditions are considered.


Is this surgery covered by insurance?
Breast reduction is usually covered by insurance plans if the patient has symptoms not relieved by more conservative measures, such as physical therapy or better support bras. Oftentimes, documentation by a primary care doctor (family physician, GYN, etc.) is needed and can be helpful. Some insurance companies require the surgeon to remove a certain amount of tissue based on the patient’s height and weight. We will help our patients complete the pre-approval process once they are considered a good candidate for surgery. 

If you think breast reduction surgery might be for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.




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