Women with extremely large breasts can have both health and self image issues in addition to experiencing physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair the ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.
Breast reduction is similar to mastopexy in that the breast is elevated and tightened and the nipple repositioned (not removed as many patients believe). Incisions may be longer for breast reduction since there is usually more excess skin. In addition, breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast glandular tissue. The goal of reduction mammoplasty is to make the breast size proportional with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. In some cases, excess fat may be removed with liposuction in conjunction with the breast reduction. The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts and the incision locations will be determined by your breast size and amount of excess skin, as well as, your size goal.
This woman had heavy breasts that began to sag with age. They prevented her from exercising and made it difficult to find clothes that fit. Dr. Griffin performed a breast reduction to reduce her breast volume, lift her breast, and diminish the size of her areolae. She is extremely happy with her new breast shape and her scars are thin and barely noticeable.
Something You Should Know
In the past, breast reduction was always covered by insurance. Now, more and more insurance companies are not covering reduction mammoplasty regardless of how large the breasts or how severe the symptoms. This doesn’t mean the procedure can’t be done. It just means that it is treated as cosmetic surgery. Our office has financing options available to help you pay for your surgery. For more financing information, click here.
What should you expect?
The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Pain is easily controlled with medications. Most patients return to work in one week. Sometimes a small drain is placed in each breast. If so, it is removed at your first postop visit. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover.