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 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 daily living activities and your ability to lead an active life. Neck pain, back pain, bra straps putting pressure on your shoulders and a rash under the breasts are some of the issues associated with large breasts. The self-consciousness of 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 as well as all plastic surgeries and cosmetic treatments are an individual choice and should only be done for your personal goals and not to fit into someone else’s image of you. The most common procedures done with a breast reduction are Tummy Tuck or liposuction.
Breast Reduction Dr. Sofer's Approach
According to Dr. Sofer, 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, the time ranges between 2.5 - 5 hours.
Anesthesia is 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 relaxants, soreness is then managed with anti-inflammatory medications
- 7-10 days to resume daily living activities
- 4-6 weeks to resume full exercise
Brest Reduction Cost
Costs may be covered by insurance. Ask your insurance issuer what constitutes medical necessity for breast reduction as each insurance company has their own policy. Otherwise, the cost will depend on the amount of time in the operating room, which changes the costs of OR and anesthesia. Cost typically range between $8000-$11,000.
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