Are your breasts disproportionate to your frame? Breasts that are greatly oversized can create both physical and psychological problems, and breast reduction surgery offers relief. But, surgery is a big decision. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering breast reduction surgery.
Problems with Big Breasts
No matter how thin you are, large breasts can make you look top heavy and overweight. It’s hard to shop for trendy clothing styles — or even clothes that fit properly — when your body is not proportionate. Neck, shoulder and back pain are a frequent complaint, as is poor posture. Participating in sports is virtually impossible. But perhaps the most unwanted consequence of breasts that are too large is the inappropriate attention you receive. People stare at your breasts, make lewd comments and make assumptions about you simply because of your breast size.
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery offers a solution for women struggling with oversized breasts. According to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentations were the most requested cosmetic surgical procedure in 2014. Reducing breast size to a normal, proportionate range helps restore self-esteem, confidence as well as eliminating the painful physical side effects of large breasts. In fact, breast reduction procedures have one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any cosmetic surgery. Patients are so happy and so grateful, and many wonder why they waited so long.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the patient’s body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
The procedure usually does not involve a hospital stay, and the recovery includes a few weeks of resting from strenuous work or exercise. Many patients are able to do desk work during the first week of their recovery. Scarring is minimal and depends on the exact type of reduction, which is something your doctor can discuss with you during your consultation. The amount of breast tissue and fat that is removed will depend on the size of the patient, and the desired cup size; however, your surgeon will guide you to achieve the most natural-looking and proportionate result possible.
Is Breast Reduction Covered by Insurance?
Breast reduction surgery is generally covered by most insurance plans, if you have medical symptoms that are not relieved with more conservative measures, such as massage therapy or trying better support bras. At Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we usually work with patients, their primary care doctors and their insurance plans to get the documentation necessary for insurance pre-approval of the surgery.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy, non-smokers who have realistic goals and expectations. You should not be pregnant at the time of your surgery. Other criteria include:
Someone with large breast volume desiring a more proportional body balance
Someone with large, heavy breasts that cause back, neck and shoulder pain