Sometimes, overly large breasts can be inconvenient or even painful, depending on your body type. Women with oversized breasts often feel restricted in their activities due to discomfort. Others have difficulty finding clothing that fits them properly. In addition, oversized breasts can sometimes lead to skin irritation or pain in the back, shoulders, or neck. With a breast reduction, Dr. Andrew Cohen can remove excess volume and create a beautiful, more proportionate shape.
Breast reduction surgery (also referred to as mammoplasty) can be used to address both cosmetic and physical concerns. Women who choose breast reduction typically seek to accomplish one or more of the following:
In many cases, breast reduction is combined with breast lift surgery to achieve greater rejuvenation of the breasts. After the breast reduction procedure, many women find the pain caused by oversized breasts is 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.
While all women who choose to undergo breast reduction want to decrease the volume and size of their breasts, the personal reasons for this may vary greatly. Candidates for breast reduction typically experience limited physical activity due to the size of their breasts and may not be able to participate in certain sports or exercises. Women with overly large breasts also commonly live with chronic discomfort or pain located in the neck, shoulders, or back. Oftentimes, there are deep indentations on the shoulders caused by bra straps that do not comfortably fit. The skin beneath the breasts may also become irritated or a rash may develop.
From a cosmetic perspective, some candidates wish to reduce the size of their breasts to address sagging and elevate the breasts above the abdomen. Overly large breasts can also lead to difficulty finding clothes or swimsuits that fit properly. Finally, many potential candidates who seek out Dr. Cohen for breast reduction have reported receiving undesirable attention due to the size of their breasts. The best way to determine your candidacy for breast reduction is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can perform a physical examination and thoroughly discuss your individual concerns.
Dr. Cohen will begin the breast reduction consultation by listening to your personal concerns and determining your candidacy for the procedure. The breast reduction procedure can be customized based upon the needs of the individual to achieve her expectations. Dr. Cohen will also review the risks and benefits of breast reduction surgery, allowing prospective patients to make an educated decision about their body and their health.
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With a vertical breast reduction, the plastic surgeon can excise breast tissue through a “lollipop” incision that circles the areola and extends downward toward the bottom of the breast. Although the recovery from a breast reduction performed with the vertical technique may have an abbreviated recovery time, this method may not be ideal for candidates who wish to remove a large volume of breast tissue or have significant excess skin.
Finally, some patients may best benefit from breast reduction performed with liposuction. With this technique, the plastic surgeon can remove excess fatty tissue from the breasts through very small incisions. This procedure is ideal for patients who have good skin elasticity and who desire a smaller degree of breast reduction.
After your initial consultation, Dr. Cohen will be able to provide an accurate quote for the cost of your customized breast reduction.
For patients who may need further assistance, we offer a number of plastic surgery financing options. Through third-party companies such as CareCredit®, ALPHAEON™ Credit, and BLIS® Specialty Insurance, patients may qualify for low monthly payment plans with little or no interest. To learn more about these financing options for your breast reduction, please contact a member of our staff.
To learn more about how breast reduction surgery can help relieve pain and achieve your cosmetic goals, please contact our office to schedule your consultation.