Breast reduction surgery also known as reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Large breasts can lead to both health and emotional issues. The weight of excess breast tissue can interfere with your activities of daily living and your ability to lead an active life. Neck pain, Back pain, Bra straps putting pressure on your shoulders, rash under the breasts are only some of the issues associated with large breasts. The self-consciousness with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue as all the above physical issues. Due to the physical issues, breast reduction may be covered by your insurance depending on your insurance policy.
Breast Reduction Dr. Sofer's Approach
In Dr. Sofer's view, There is no "One formula" to correct all breasts. Aesthetically pleasing breasts are a balancing act between volume, the skin envelope and the position of the areola. Once a volume is in place, the skin envelope and the areola repositioning will follow.
Breast Reduction Surgery Time
Depending on the surgical plan. Between 2.5-5 hours
General by a board certified anesthesiologist at an accredited surgical facility or hospital setting
Breast Reduction Incision
Depends on the surgical plan and amount of skin removed:
- around the areola, or
- around the areola and down to the fold (lollipop), or
- around the areola and down to the fold and along the fold (anchor)
Breast Reduction Recovery
- 1 or 2 hours in the recovery room
- Pain management for average of 3 days with pain medication and muscle relaxant. Then soreness is managed with anti-inflammatory meds.
- 7-10 days: Activities of daily living
- 4-6 weeks: full exercise
Brest Reduction Cost
Plastic Surgery Center of Fairfield, Connecticut.
May be covered by insurance. Ask your insurance issuer what constitutes medical necessity for breast reduction as each insurance have their own policy, otherwise the cost will depend on the amount of time in the operating room which changes the cost of OR and Anesthesia. Cost range is $8000-$11,000.
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