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Breast Reduction Surgery, medically known as Reduction Mammaplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size of the breasts. It involves the removal of fat, tissue, and skin to decrease the size and weight of the breasts. The goal is to achieve breasts that are in better proportion to the body and reduce discomfort caused by large breasts.
Reasons for Breast Reduction
Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience neck, back, shoulder, or nerve pain due to the weight of their breasts. This excessive weight can make daily activities or exercises challenging. Women with large breasts also cite personal reasons such as difficulty fitting into normal clothing or unwanted attention and stigma. If you have large breasts and experience such discomforts, you may choose to have Breast Reduction Surgery. Before considering the procedure, it is essential to understand what it entails.
Does Health Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?
In many cases, insurance will cover the cost of Breast Reduction if there is a medical need. This could include the issues mentioned above such as back pain, neck pain, etc. You will likely need clearance from your insurer before undergoing the procedure and may require recommendations from a doctor showing the issues that Breast Reduction will solve.
The Surgical Process
Types of Incisions
There are three types of Breast Reduction incisions. These include a circular incision around the areola, a keyhole incision that runs around the top of the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, or an inverted T-shape that runs vertically beneath the nipple to the crease of the breast.
After the incision, your surgeon removes and repositions excess tissue. Underlying breast tissue is then lifted and shaped. If the breasts are very large, the areola and nipple may need to be removed and repositioned to a higher place on the breast. Sutures are placed deep within the breast tissue to support the new breast shape.
In terms of recovery from a breast reduction, a patient should expect to rest for at least a week or two, depending on your situation. Other patients may take up to a month. At this point, most of the targeted wounds would have healed entirely. Your doctor should introduce you to follow-up appointments to remove the dressing and stitches. Patients must avoid heavy lifting and exercise for the first weeks following surgery.
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Frequently Ask Questions
Typically, most women drop one or two cup sizes with breast reduction surgery. This is usually sufficient to alleviate the many problems associated with overly-large breasts, while still maintaining an attractive and proportionate body shape.
Most surgeons say that your breasts don’t need to be a certain size to be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. The more important factor is whether your breast size causes physical and mental health issues.
Breast reduction surgery always involves changing the position of your nipples. This causes loss of normal sensation in the nipple and areola which can be permanent. Rarely, the nipples may become over-sensitive. The nipple and areola, or part of them, may die due to poor blood supply.
Elevating your upper body after breast surgery can greatly reduce the swelling and bruising you may experience, improve circulation, and cut down on fluid buildup. It also helps patients get out of bed easier, further cutting down on potential stress for your healing breast tissue.
What happens if you don’t wear compression garments after breast surgery? If you do not wear a compression bra following breast implant placement or stop wearing it before your implant settles in a new shape and size, there is a high risk of your implants dislocating from their position.