Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

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Many women throughout both Manhattan and Long Island decide to reduce their breast size. Whether they feel that their chest is out of proportion with the rest of their body, or they are seeking relief from back pain and limited range of motion, surgical intervention can often help. Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce and lift the bust line to create a more balanced silhouette and alleviate physical concerns associated with overly large breasts. At New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, skilled surgeons in our Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery Center specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures that help to improve a patient’s quality of life.

Men can also suffer from excess breast tissue due to a condition called gynecomastia. Learn about male breast reduction surgery.

What Is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to decrease the size and volume of excessively large breasts. It is performed to alleviate physical discomfort, posture problems, and skin irritations caused by the weight of large breasts. The surgery involves removing excess breast tissue, fat, glandular tissue, and skin, while repositioning the nipple and areola for a smaller and more proportionate breast size.

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Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

The decision to have breast reduction surgery is a personal one that women come to for a wide range of reasons. This surgical procedure can have many aesthetic and lifestyle benefits, including:

  • Relief from back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Rejuvenate breasts that no longer sag or droop
  • Alleviated skin irritation and indentations
  • Restored body confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased flexibility in a patient’s wardrobe
  • The ability to perform high impact activities without discomfort

Preparing For Breast Reduction

The first step is an initial consultation during which one of our experienced breast reduction surgeons will perform a thorough examination and discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and desired results. Our surgeons also use 3-D Vectra imaging technology, which can show you a computer-generated graphic image of the likely results by incorporating your photos and information. Each patient at NYPS Group receives a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs and goals and your surgical team will ensure that you understand each step of the surgical process.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is typically a 2 to 4-hour outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your breast reduction surgeon will begin by creating an initial incision. There are several types of incisions that may be used in a breast reduction, the most commonly used is an anchor-shaped incision from the area of the nipple down to the crease of the breast. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin will be removed, and the nipple and areola will be repositioned. The breasts are reshaped and the incisions are then closed. In some cases, liposuction may be utilized to eliminate excess fat from the armpit area, and sometimes liposuction alone may be the only technique necessary for breast reduction.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery & Results

Breast reduction patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery, which can be alleviated with medication. Your surgical team will fit you with a specialized bra designed to support your breasts after surgery and facilitate proper healing. Some patients may require drainage tubes to remove any excess fluid. Patients typically resume normal daily routines about 2 weeks after breast reduction surgery. Certain activities, such as heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least one month after surgery. The team at New York Plastic Surgical Group will be available to answer any questions and you will be scheduled for follow-up appointments and given post-operative instructions to aid in optimal recovery and results.

Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation

Are you seeking relief from physical or psychological discomfort caused by large breasts? Regain comfort and confidence with breast reduction surgery. The experienced surgeons at New York Plastic Surgical Group in NYC and Long Island, New York, specialize in safe and effective breast reduction procedures. Contact us to schedule your consultation and learn more about the transformative benefits of breast reduction surgery.

FAQs About Breast Reduction Surgery

Am I a candidate for breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery may be an option for women who suffer with emotional or physical stress due to large, heavy breasts. Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are typically fully developed. Patients with certain medical conditions and those who are intending to breastfeed can discuss their options with a plastic surgeon at the initial breast reduction surgery consultation.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with breast reduction?

Potential risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, changes in nipple sensation, and difficulties with breastfeeding. However, these risks are generally low when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.

Will breast reduction surgery leave scars?

Yes, breast reduction surgery will leave visible scarring, but a skilled surgeon will make efforts to place incisions strategically to minimize their visibility over time.

Can I combine other cosmetic procedures with breast reduction?

Yes, it is often possible to combine other breast procedures with breast implant reduction surgery, such as a breast lift (mastopexy). In fact, combining breast reduction with a breast lift is quite common and can be an effective way to address multiple concerns in a single surgery. 

Will I lose sensitivity in my breasts or nipples after the surgery?

There is a possibility of temporary changes in nipple sensitivity after surgery, but in most cases, sensation returns to normal over time.

Can breast reduction surgery interfere with breastfeeding in the future?

Breast reduction surgery can potentially affect breastfeeding. If future breastfeeding is a concern, it is essential to discuss this with the surgeon during the consultation.

Can I combine breast reduction surgery with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, breast reduction surgery can be combined with other procedures such as a breast lift if desired.

How much breast tissue can be removed during the procedure?

The amount of breast tissue removed varies depending on the individual’s needs and the surgeon’s assessment. It’s typically enough to achieve a more proportionate breast size.

Does insurance cover the cost of breast reduction surgery?

If it is deemed medically necessary to alleviate physical discomfort and other related issues, insurance may cover breast reduction surgery. However, each case, and insurance policy, is different, so it is essential to check with your provider.

When is breast reduction covered by insurance?

Breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance depending on the insurance provider, the criteria set by the insurance company, and the specifics of the policy. In general, insurance coverage for breast reduction is more likely if the surgery is deemed medically necessary.

Here are some situations where breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance:

  • Physical symptoms and functional impairments: Insurance companies often consider breast reduction surgery medically necessary when an individual experiences physical symptoms and functional impairments due to large, heavy breasts. These symptoms may include chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain; skin irritation or rashes beneath the breasts; difficulty with physical activity; and postural problems.
  • Documented attempts at conservative treatment: Insurance providers may require documentation of non-surgical treatments that have been attempted and failed to alleviate the symptoms caused by large breasts. This could include physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain medications, and supportive measures like well-fitted bras.
  • Specific criteria set by the insurance company: Some insurance companies have specific criteria or guidelines that need to be met for coverage. For example, they may have a minimum amount of breast tissue to be removed or require a certain body mass index (BMI) range.
  • Associated medical conditions: In some cases, breast reduction surgery may be covered if there are associated medical conditions or complications related to large breasts, such as chronic dermatitis, infections, or bra strap grooving.

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