Breast reduction is one of our most requested operations. Breast reduction surgery can be a tremendously life-enhancing option. Having the procedure will give you far more than just smaller, firmer breasts. You’ll also get significant relief from many physical and emotional discomforts, a new sense of freedom in your exercise and physical activity, and the ability to wear a great variety of clothing styles.
Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue and skin, making your breasts more proportionate to the rest of your body. The areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) may be reduced and repositioned as well.
Is breast reduction right for me?
Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have any of the following conditions:
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Heavy, sagging breasts with very low nipples and areolas
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
- Skin irritation beneath the breasts
- Indentations in your shoulders caused by tight bra straps
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
- Feelings of self-consciousness about the large size of your breasts
- One breast is much larger than the other
Some insurance companies will pay for the breast reduction to relieve medical symptoms; however, coverage may depend on a significant amount of breast tissue being removed. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery. Our office staff will help you with insurance matters related to the procedure. If you are seeking a purely cosmetic change in your breast size, you will pay for the procedure yourself.
How is breast reduction performed?
The specific method chosen for your breast reduction will be determined by your anatomy, your surgeon’s preferences and your desired results.