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What to Expect: Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

What makes a good breast reduction candidate?

  • You’re physically healthy
  • You don’t smoke
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are bothered by your large breasts
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity andcause back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • You have skin irritation or rashes under your breasts

The Consultation

During your breast reduction consultation, be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomes
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
  • Previous surgeries
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of mammograms and or biopsies
  • Photos, measurements, and skin quality

The Procedure

  • Breast reduction is also known as Reduction Mammoplasty which is a procedure to remove excess breast fat and glandular tissue.
  • The procedure is to achieve breast size in proportion with your body and alleviate discomfort associated with overly large breast size.
  • The amount of reduction desiredwill be determined by your individual condition and breast composition.

The Recovery

  • Following breast reduction surgery, gauze and bandages will be applied to the incisions; you will be placed in a surgical support bra. The surgical bra will support the breast and reduce swelling.
  • There will be a small thin tube placed under the skin for drainage of excess blood or fluid.
  • Healing will continue for several months while swelling decreases and breast shape/size improve.
  • Continue to follow your Plastic Surgeon’s instructions for follow up visits and care.

Insurance Coverage

  • Breast reduction surgeries are covered by most insurance plans.
  • You will be required to submit medical documentation and pictures to your insurance company for verification of candidacy.
  • You may also be required to pay a copay, coinsurance, or deductible based on insurance type.

Tips for Healing

  • Following breast reduction surgery, you will be given medications to apply or to be taken orally to aid in your healing and reduce therisk of infection or swelling.
  • Follow up with your Plastic Surgeon for specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
  • It’s important to know that your incisions are not subject to abrasion, force, or motion during your recovery.

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