What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Anyone who complains about their large breasts can easily understand that breast reduction surgery is not only a cosmetic procedure, but also a medical and functional procedure. In fact, breast reduction surgery is often covered by insurance for those very reasons. The surgery, which involves the removal of breast tissue from one or both breasts, helps eliminate the pain and stress on the rest of your body that is caused by the disproportionate weight of large breasts. Breast reduction surgery also helps you regain a better sense of balance and allows you to run and engage in active exercises that are impossible to perform with large breasts.
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How Can Breast Reduction Surgery Help You? Here Are Some of the Benefits:
- Reduction of shoulder and back pain
- Reduction in bra strap grooving
- Reduction in rashes and irritations beneath the breast
- Clothes and bras fit better
- Exercising is easier (both functionally and psychologically)
- Reduction in anxiety caused by being self-conscious
- Reduction in unwanted stares and unwanted attention
- Reduction in areola size
- Reduction in asymmetry when one breast is larger than the other
- Reduction in asymmetry when being treated for breast cancer
- Breasts are also lifted so that they sag less
What to Expect
Patients will recover at home (or at the Lansdowne Resort for out of town patients). Some patients can elect to purchase an On-Q pain pump which will eliminate pain for the first 3-4 days. Believe it or not, breast reduction surgery is a relatively non-painful procedure and most patients are off of strong pain medicine in a day or two. Most patients return to work in 7-10 days and can resume light exercise after 2 weeks. More strenuous exercise may resume in 3-4 weeks. Breast swelling can be dramatic for up to 4 weeks and requires 6 to 12 months to completely resolve. Final breast shape, settling, and size takes up to 6-12 months. Bruising and swelling take 2-4 weeks to improve.
The first postoperative visit is a day or two after your procedure. During this visit, your initial dressings are removed and you may start wearing a sports bra. Underwire bras are discouraged for the first 4 weeks. Incisions are generally closed with absorbable sutures under the skin, so there are no sutures to be removed. The scars normally take about a year to mature.
Will Insurance Pay for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Insurance will often pay for breast reduction surgery if you are at least a DD cup. Most insurance companies will cover the reduction procedure if more than 500 grams can be removed from each breast. Part of your consultation will review the insurance requirements which include the two points above. Your insurance company will generally require a letter stating that Dr. Chang can remove at least 500 grams of breast tissue from each breast as well as pictures documenting your size.
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