Women with overly large and heavy breasts frequently experience physical discomforts including neck, back, and shoulder pain, bra strap shoulder indentations, and skin irritation (intertrigo). Uncomfortably large breasts can make a woman feel self-conscious and embarrassed, as well as significantly limit physical activities and impair posture.
Breast reduction is often a reconstructive procedure during which the breasts are made smaller, lighter, and more proportionate to the size and shape of the woman’s body in accordance with her goals. Preauthorization with your medical insurance company is almost always required for consideration of reimbursement from your insurance carrier. This request for preauthorization will be submitted to your insurance carrier after your initial consultation using photographs and all relevant health history information. If this request is denied, the procedure will then be considered cosmetic and the patient assumes responsibility for payment.
During the breast reduction procedure, excess breast tissue is removed, the nipple is usually elevated to a higher, more natural position, and the skin is then reshaped and tightened, yielding not only a smaller breast but also a more youthfully shaped and perky breast. The preoperative pain and discomfort are often immediately relieved by this surgical procedure, which can take two to three hours to perform.
Breast reduction is usually performed as an outpatient surgical procedure under general anesthesia. Five to seven days after surgery, most patients are able to return to light activity. Within four to six weeks, most patients are able to resume most normal activities. Some women with large breasts may be candidates for breast reduction using the technique of liposuction. While this will make the breasts smaller, it usually will not result in making them perkier. This is more frequently reserved for younger women with large, but not droopy, breasts.