Breast reduction surgery overall has a very high patient satisfaction rate. Numerous women are bothered on a daily basis by the size of their breasts. These patients often complain of chronic back and neck pain, grooving from their bras, inability to exercise, or even rashes around the breasts. These symptoms are all improved following breast reduction surgery. Even women who are overweight or obese are helped by the surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is available to patients in almost any age range. The goal of the surgical procedure is to reduce the size of the breasts and tighten the skin envelope in order to make the breasts a more appropriate fit for the patient’s body shape. The nipples are also brought up to a better position.
During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the size and shape of the breasts, document any symptoms related to their size, and check for existing asymmetry or drooping (ptosis) of the breasts or nipples. He/she will also discuss the risks of the surgery. A mammogram may be recommended for women over 40 prior to surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours to complete. Patients are sent home with pain medications and antibiotics. Most patients are asked to wear a sports bra for several weeks after the surgery. And they are restricted from heavy lifting or exercise for several weeks. Sutures do not have to be removed.
The risks of breast reduction surgery include the following: infection, changes in nipple sensation, delayed healing, difficulty breastfeeding, and asymmetry. The actual risk of complications is low overall, and patients usually have an uncomplicated recovery. There is no increased risk of breast cancer following breast reduction surgery.
Most insurance plans cover the costs of breast reduction surgery in the appropriate patient. Patients who have a history of prior treatment of neck and back symptoms have a higher chance of approval. The patient’s height, weight, bra-size, and prior symptoms are submitted for review prior to approval.
Breast reduction surgery is an excellent option for patients who are bothered by the size of their breasts. Patients achieve good relief of back and neck symptoms, have improved body image and are able to exercise more vigorously. Overall, most patients are very satisfied with the results.
Advanced Specialty Care Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery doctors can help you to decide whether breast reduction will help you. Our offices are located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in the towns of Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, and Southbury.