A reduction mammaplasty, or breast reduction, involves the removal of excess breast tissue to reshape and lift the breasts. Breast reduction is a procedure that can have a remarkable effect on the quality of life for women with overly large breasts.
is a breast reduction right for me?
Most candidates are experiencing discomfort or unhappiness with the large size or weight of their breasts.
Oversized breasts disproportionate to overall body type is a serious issue for many women. In addition to aesthetic concerns and self-consciousness, very real physical problems can result from excessive size, including back, neck and shoulder pain, skin irritation and a limited ability to participate in normal daily activities.
common questions and concerns
Can I breastfeed after having a reduction? Many of our young patients expressed concern over the ability to breast feed after breast reduction surgery. If your nipple and areola are still attached to the breast tissue beneath them, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to nurse. However, if the nipple was removed and then placed on a reconstructed breast, damage to the nerves, milk ducts, and breast tissue may limit your milk flow and diminish sensation in your nipple.
Will my insurance help cover the cost of Breast Reduction Surgery? Patients who are candidates for an insurance based Breast Reduction require referral by a family practitioner, internist, or gynecologist and must document chronic neck and back pain and provide proof that they have taken non-operative measures to improve this. These measures may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, supportive brassieres, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and weight loss measures.
Insurance carriers also require a specific amount of breast removal from each breast during a Breast Reduction, which is based on your height and weight. In many cases, removal of less than the amount that is required is recommended to maintain the appropriate volume. In this case, although you would still benefit from a reduction, insurance coverage would not be available. After your consultation with Dr. Collins, and appropriate review of supportive documentation, our insurance specialist will submit for insurance approval for your Breast Reduction.
what are my surgical options?
Dr. Collins’ singular goal is to identify the best approach for you. The most common breast reduction procedure is quite similar to a lift with three incision points. First, a circular incision surrounding the areolas. Secondly, a vertical incision from the base of the areola to the crease below. And lastly, a horizontal incision under the breast, aligning with its natural curve. After excess tissue is removed, Dr. Collins will reposition the nipple and areola.
Dr. Collins customizes plastic surgery solutions to individual patient needs. Some surgical techniques allow him to eliminate the crease incision or the vertical incision component. In all cases, careful attention is paid to parity and symmetry in size, as well as positioning both of the areola and nipple.
Liposuction may also be introduced during surgery to decrease the amount of fatty tissue under the arms and provide more shape to the reduced breast. Many of our patients find this very useful. It is a cosmetic procedure, often improving overall shape and bra fit.