Who gets a breast reduction?
- Breast reductions, are a very common procedure for women of all ages. Many women choose this procedure due to large, heavy breasts that can contribute to neck, or back pain, or may impede their ability to exercise and lose weight.
- Breast reduction patients are some of the happiest plastic surgery patients! This is due to the relief from neck and back pain, predictable results, and safety of the procedure. Many patients also have an easier time exercising, and finding clothes that fit.
- Most women are between 20-50 years old, and have been thinking about having surgery for weeks to months, sometimes even years. Some women even need a reduction in their late teen years due to a condition called "benign mammary hyperplasia", or excessive breast growth.
- If performed as a cosmetic procedure, a breast reduction can be performed in a private surgical facility, and is usually combined with liposuction to achieve an even more dramatic result.
- If you decide to go the insurance route, don't worry! We have insurance specialists who will make the process as simple as possible. For patients who don't meet criteria for insurance coverage, or are denied by their insurance company, we will work with you to make sure you have affordable options.
What are my surgical options?
- A breast reduction has several essential components. The first is to restore the nipple/areola back in its original/youthful position. The second consideration is to decide where the excess volume is most prominent, and how to remove it.
- There are several options for skin incisions, including a peri-areolar (located just around the nipple) for patients who need a modest change, followed by short scar/vertical for a moderate to large reduction, and finally inverted-T which is reserved for patients who need a very large reduction.
- The breast tissue can be removed by several modalities. This includes direct excision, where the excess breast tissue and fatty tissue is removed surgically, or indirect via liposuction. They are usually combined in order to address both the breast mound on the chest, as well as any fatty tissue that extends from the breast to the under arm area.
- The procedure takes around 90 minutes per side (2 1/2 - 3 hrs total), and is an outpatient surgery (go home the same day), usually within an hour or two after the surgery.
What is involved in the process?
Step 1: Contact us! We'd love to hear from you! Our team will schedule your visit for a time that is convenient for you.
Step 2: Meet our team to hear about the options for a breast reduction, and receive your personalized quote. This consult usually takes around 1 hour. We will discuss your medical history, and take photographs and measurements in order to accurately present the surgical options. If you are submitting through insurance we will use the information gathered at this consultation to present to your insurance company for approval.
Step 3: Consider your options and decide which one is right for you. OF COURSE if you have any additional questions, please call us. We are always happy to review the information or send you more details.
Step 4: Approximately 10-14 days before surgery we will meet with you again to review the information, finalize any financial arrangements, and make sure your prescriptions, garments, are 100% taken care of, and any last-minute questions are answered.
Step 5: On the day of surgery, we like to make things as simple as possible. No complicated paperwork, no last minute changes, just a safe, comfortable environment to foster relaxation, and healing; and to make sure you have the best possible outcome.
That's it! You are done! We will see you back several times post-op to make sure you are doing well, and healing as expected. Welcome to your new body! You are going to love the way you look!