Sometimes, overly large breasts can be inconvenient or even painful, depending on your body type. Women with oversized breasts can feel restricted in their activates due to discomfort. Others find it difficult to find clothing that fits properly. In addition, oversized breasts can sometimes lead to skin irritation or pain in the back, shoulders, or neck. Breast reduction (also referred to as mammoplasty) is commonly used to:
- Remove excess breast tissue
- Elevate the position of the breast on the chest wall
- Reshape the breast for a more proportionate look
- Eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with oversized breasts
- Improve range of physical activity
Breast reduction surgery can be used to address both your cosmetic and physical concerns. Plastic surgeon Andrew Cohen, MD will use your initial consultation as a time to listen to your unique goals and design a custom-tailored approach for results that can meet your expectations. The consultation is also used to provide you with more detailed information about the risks and benefits of breast reduction surgery, allowing you to make well-informed decisions about your health. Breast reduction can also be combined with breast lift surgery to achieve results that give you an even greater rejuvenation of the breasts. In addition, the cost of your breast reduction may be covered by your insurance provider if you are having the procedure performed for medical reasons. Our staff can help coordinate the financing of your surgery with your insurance provider, and help you navigate the details regarding required criteria for coverage. After your breast reduction procedure, many women find the pain caused by oversized breasts completely eliminated, feel more confident in social situations, and experience increased comfort while exercising (which can result in weight loss) and an improved overall quality of life.
Outline of Typical Breast Reduction Procedure
- Duration of Surgery: 2-4 hours, depending upon technique
- Anesthesia Type: General anesthesia
- Hospital Status: Outpatient
- Post-Operative: Mild soreness, sensitivity, swelling, or bruising; temporary change in nipple sensation
- Surgical Risks: Blood clots, infection, and in rare instances loss of nipple sensation are among the risks of breast reduction surgery; however, Dr. Cohen is highly experienced and employs techniques that can reduce the risk of these complications.
- Duration of Recovery: One week before returning to work, two weeks before resuming normal exercise, and several months for scars to fade
- Results: The results of breast reduction are considered permanent.
To learn more about how breast reduction surgery can help relieve pain and achieve your cosmetic goals, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.