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Genetics, age, body weight, and hormones affect the breasts. Younger women with large breasts are unable to participate in sporting activities, which can lead to shyness, loneliness, and other psychological/social problems. Other problems resulting from large breasts are shoulder grooving, neck and back pain, abnormal posture, repeated skin infections under the breasts, and being unable to fit in clothes.

Before breast reduction, you are advised to stop smoking, stop birth control pills, and stop all medications containing aspirin for 2-3 weeks prior to surgery.

The operation is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. During the operation, the excess amounts of skin and breast tissues are removed. The nipple and areola are repositioned at a higher level and the breast tissue is shaped in a cone-like manner. Scars can be minimal with newer surgical techniques.

Post-operative pain is controlled with medications. Drainage tubes, when placed, are removed upon stoppage of significant drainage. Sutures are removed at about 2 weeks. A support bra is advised for 6-8 weeks. No strenuous physical exercises e.g. tennis, golf, swimming, etc. should be undertaken for 6 weeks.

Breast reduction is a very satisfying procedure in alleviating symptoms of the neck and shoulder. Breast reduction can also enhance a woman’s appearance by making the breasts more proportional to the rest of the body, making her appear thinner, and allowing clothes to fit better. Insurance coverage may be available in some cases with prior authorization.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out if I am a good candidate for breast reduction?

Breast reduction improves the comfort, aesthetics, and psychological well-being of women with overly large breasts. You may be a candidate for breast reduction if the cumbersome size of your breasts interferes with your day-to-day activities or levels of self-confidence.

Candidates for breast reduction do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results.

The best way to know that you are a good candidate for breast reduction is to go through a consultation and get the approval of your surgeon.

What are the risks associated with breast reduction?

Your surgeon will discuss the risks of breast reduction in detail with you before your procedure. Your level of risk may vary depending on your individual needs, concerns, and health conditions. Risks can include:

  • Reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding/hematoma
  • Infection
  • Seroma
  • Changes in sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Potential inability or lessened ability to breastfeed

Can I combine a breast reduction with any other procedures?

A breast lift may be performed at the same time as a breast reduction to improve the overall appearance of the breasts. Your surgeon will advise you as to whether this is the best option for you to achieve your desired aesthetic.

How much will a breast reduction cost?

The cost of a breast reduction will vary depending on the needs of the patients. This cost is influenced by the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, post-surgery garments, and pre-surgical tests. This fee may also be increased if additional procedures, such as breast lift surgery or liposuction of the chest area, are being performed in combination with your breast reduction.

What is recovery like after a breast reduction?

You will be given detailed instructions following the procedure to help ensure a successful healing process. A post-surgical bra may be needed to help support the breasts during the healing process to protect the incisions, promote blood circulation, and reduce swelling. You will experience at least one week of downtime before you can return to regular activities, such as work or school, but bruising and swelling will continue for several weeks following the procedure. You should wait at least four to six weeks before returning to any strenuous exercise or lifting.

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