Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. The benefits of breast reduction surgery can be life-altering: decrease of lower back pain, increased flexibility and posture, improved shape of breast, improved symmetry of breasts and proper breast to body proportion. Here is a post shown on American Society of Plastic Surgeons about patient response:
I am often asked, “What operation has the happiest post-op patients?” The answer is easy – Breast Reduction.
These patients are so happy and grateful; it makes this one of my favorite operations to do. Often the patients come in for their post-operative check-up the next day, and they say they can already tell that their back and neck feel better. And the older patients say, “Why didn’t I do this years ago!”
The fact is, breast reduction surgery works to relieve back and neck pain related to hypertrophy of the breasts, and patients are grateful.
The amount of breast tissue removed varies by the size of the patient, so in smaller-framed women, usually less is removed – they are just proportionally smaller – but usually the final cup size is a “happy medium” – not too small and not too large. This is something that each patient should discuss with their plastic surgeon, and they will do their best to get to the desired cup size.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Most of the time this operation can be done as an outpatient procedure, so in other words, you do not stay over night at the hospital. And the recovery is not too bad; usually a few weeks of resting off of work and heavy exercise, but many patients are able to do desk work at home. The exact type of scar depends on the type of reduction, but in general they all heal very nicely, and all my patients tell me they consider the scar a fair tradeoff for the relief from their back and neck pain.
Covered by Insurance
Breast reduction is covered by insurance plans if you have symptoms that are not relieved with more conservative measures, such as massage therapy or trying better support bras. There is a process of pre-approval that your plastic surgeon and their staff will work with you on to accomplish, and they will need to submit the documentation from your family physician of the failed non-surgical treatment.
Breast Reduction for Teens
Teens are a special category of patients who get breast reduction. It is safe and effective for these women also, and because they are usually quite healthy, they bounce back from surgery quicker. Often these young ladies are involved sports and are greatly hindered by the large size of their breasts. Due to the extra physical exertion and stress on their bodies they can have neck and back pain at a much younger age. Teens who proceed with breast reduction are lucky to have an operation that will change their lives in such a positive way!
At Bolling Plastic Surgery, we will sit down with you for a one-on-one consultation and explain all your options and how procedures work. We can answer questions that you have by calling our office at (205) 748-0158.
Dr. Robert Bolling of Bolling Plastic Surgery is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and an upstanding member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.