Overly-large breasts can cause a number of problems for women, including neck, back, or shoulder pain. Breast reduction surgery is done to reduce the size of too-large breasts and reshape them so that they are more proportionate to the body.
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Women who have backaches, neck aches, skin irritation, poor posture, numbness, grooves in their shoulders from bra straps, or difficulty breathing due to their large breasts can often benefit from breast reduction surgery. However, if you have a history of irregular mammograms, undiagnosed lumps or masses, severe obesity, or clotting disorders, this procedure may not be a good match for you. Overall, the best way to determine your candidacy is through a consultation with Dr. Cusimano.
During a breast reduction, one of three incisions is used. These incisions include the donut incision, the keyhole incision, or the anchor incision.
is created by making an incision around the border of the areolas.
is created around the border of the areolas and vertically down to the breast crease.
is created around the border of the areolas, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the breast crease.
Once the correct incision is created, Dr. Cusimano will remove excess breast skin and fat. If you have asymmetrical breasts, more tissue may be removed from one breast than the other. Small incisions may also be created to perform liposuction on the breasts, if needed. Incisions are then closed up with sutures and if necessary, drains may be placed to collect excess fluid during recovery. Drains are not always necessary depending on the procedure.
What to Expect After a Breast Reduction
Following your breast reduction procedure, you will have surgical dressings over your upper chest, as well as drains. Swelling and bruising may occur, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. If drains are placed, they are usually removed at your first follow-up appointment, which is within the first week after surgery. Swelling can last for 4-6 weeks before it begins to dissipate. Patients should refrain from excessive activity and exercise for about 6-8 weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Cusimano’s specific post-op instructions for best results.
Does insurance cover breast reduction?
Insurance often covers breast reduction surgery. However, it is typical for your provider to require evidence that other nonsurgical therapies have not been successful in treating the problems related to your excessively large breasts.
Can A Breast Reduction Be Combined With A Breast Lift?
Breast reduction is routinely paired with a breast lift. This achieves both a smaller size and a more lifted position of the breasts.
Can I Get Pregnant After Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction will not affect your ability to get pregnant, and should not affect your ability to breastfeed. Some patients choose to wait until they are no longer planning to have children, as the breasts will grow and change during pregnancy. However, this is not always necessary.