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Breast Reduction

The indications

Women who have excessively large, heavy, pendulous breasts are good candidates for breast reduction surgery. There are many physical complaints associated with this problem, including back, neck and shoulder pain, recalcitrant rashes under the breast, poor posture and shoulder strap grooving due to the weight. Psychological and lifestyle issues often present themselves as well. Women with very large breasts have trouble finding clothing that fits properly and are unable to participate in activities others take for granted. After breast reduction surgery, most patients not only enjoy a better appearance, but a higher quality of life.

The procedure

A breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and fat, and sculpts the breast into a smaller, lighter shape. Incisions are made around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and/or horizontally at the breast crease. The type and location of the various incisions are discussed at the consultation and are dependent upon the anatomy of the patient. Through these incisions, tissue and skin are removed and the nipple is repositioned to match the new breast shape. However, even though the nipple is relocated to a new higher position on the breast mound, it always stays attached to the breast tissue, thus maintaining its blood supply. Liposuction can also be incorporated into the shaping of the breast and the surrounding tissues, such as the chest, arms or axillary breasts. A breast reduction is usually performed on an outpatient basis and is done under general anesthesia.

You can expect

Breast reduction surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation or lift. You will leave the surgery center with suction drain tubes. These tubes drain off the excess fluid and help reduce the swelling and bruising, and speed up healing. They are usually removed after one week. The sutures are also removed at about one week. Patients can resume sedentary activities at 10 to 14 days. The scars do get better with time and you will be instructed how to minimize them with topical treatments. The healing process for scar maturation does take 6 to 12 months. Even though a breast reduction removes tissue, breasts can grow again. Sometimes weight gain can cause the enlargement by fat deposition. Also, on rare occasions, the circulation to the nipple areolar complex can be compromised, and portions or the entire nipple can die. If this should occur, than the nipple can be reconstructed.

A word about financing

Breast reduction can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Patty would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes

Insurance policies vary widely, but if there is a legitimate health issue Dr. Watanabe will act within the stipulations of your coverage if possible. Patty can assist you with any pre-certification requested by your carrier.

 

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