What are the goals of breast reduction?
There are two main goals of the procedure. First is to relieve the musculoskeletal symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder grooves, and rashes. Second, and just as important, is to lift the breast and give it a more youthful appearance.
Who is a candidate for breast reduction?
Any individual who suffers from the musculoskeletal symptoms of having large breasts may be a candidate.
Will my insurance cover the procedure?
Most insurance carriers will cover the procedure. They will require a considerable amount of documentation such as your Body Mass Index (BMI) and notes from your primary care physician. The best way to find out what is required is to call your carrier yourself and get their criteria in writing.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes 3-4 hours and is done with general anesthesia. This depends on several factors especially size and amount of reduction needed.
Do I need to stay in the hospital or is it outpatient?
Most are done as an outpatient. There is always the option of on overnight stay if needed or desired.
Will there be scars and how do they heal?
The scars for breast reduction are extensive but not necessarily bad. There is no way to predict how individual patients are going to heal.
How long before I can work or drive?
Most non-physical jobs can be resumed by 7-10 days. You can drive after you have been off pain medication for 24 hours and feel you can safely operate your vehicle.
When can I shower?
You may shower 72 hours after your procedure.
How about exercise?
Walking is recommended right after surgery. All restrictions will be lifted after 4 weeks.
What are some of the potential complications of breast reduction surgery?
- Poor scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Numbness of the Breast or Nipple
- Poor Healing
- Loss of the Nipple
Most of the potential complications can be corrected but not always.
What size will I be after surgery?
This is different for everybody. The final size of your breast will be determined by several factors. They include your expectations, the size of your breast before surgery, and several other anatomic factors. Women’s breast should be proportional to their frame. Also, if the breast is still considered too big after surgery, it can be easily reduced some more. If on the other hand it is felt to be too small, the only way to make it bigger is with implants.