A BREAST REDUCTION CAN ALLEVIATE THE PAIN AND DISCOMFORT FROM BREASTS THAT ARE TOO LARGE FOR YOUR FRAME.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The type of anesthesia used will be determined collaboratively with you and your doctors.
The most common method of completing a breast reduction procedure involves the use of three incisions- one around the areola, another vertical incision from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and finally a horizontal incision beneath the breast that follows the natural curve of the breast. There are other techniques that require a variation of these incisions. The incision beneath the breast in the inframammary fold can be minimized depending on the degree of skin excess that needs to be corrected. Sometimes there is no need for that incision at all.
Excess breast tissue and skin is removed and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher, more desirable position. The areola may be reduced in size if it has been stretched or is undesirably large. The skin that was located above the nipple before moving the nipple higher is brought down and together to form the new breast shape. To allow for preservation of sensation and the ability to breastfeed, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying tissue.
Once the breasts are the desired shape, the incisions are stitched closed. In general, it typically takes six months for breasts to settle into their final position. Results are apparent immediately after surgery but swelling will occur and take time to subside.
Who is a good candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if your breast are too big for your body, if you are self conscious about your size, have poor posture, suffer from neck and back pain, your bra straps dig into your shoulders, and you have discomfort doing daily activities.
How long does Breast Reduction Surgery take?
Breast reduction surgery takes approximately 3 hours.
What should I expect after Breast Reduction Surgery?
Recovery time varies between patients but you should be able to go back to work and normal activities within a week or two. Strenuous activity and overhead lifting should be avoided for several weeks.
What procedures are often combined with Breast Reduction Surgery?
A breast lift is often combined with a breast reduction.
Where will the procedure take place?
You have a range of surgical facilities to select from when booking with JW Plastic Surgery. We have over 10 hospital and 5 outpatient centers for you to select from. In some cases, your medical history will determine the most appropriate health setting for your procedure.
Most patients in the Midwest select to have their procedure performed at JW Operatory, our Joint Commission-accredited facility on the North Shore, due to the lower price and higher availability of the facility. Patients in the Florida Keys have surgery at Lower Keys Medical Center.
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that will reduce the size of the breasts. Breasts that are too large for your body can cause pain, improper posture, and discomfort during daily activities. Breast reduction alleviates these medical issues but also can make clothes fit better as your profile will be more proportional. Many breast reduction patients tell us that their family thinks they have lost weight after the surgery because of the dramatic change in profile and clothing options.
In many cases a breast reduction is covered by insurance if it is determined to be medically necessary to give the patient relief from discomfort and pain the breasts are causing. Each insurance carrier has different guidelines that must be met in order for them to cover the procedure. During your consultation you should have a good idea if you meet the qualifications for insurance to cover the surgery. Your coordinator may call you before your consultation to discuss your insurance company's policies for coverage. We need to know before your consultation if you are coming in for a cosmetic surgery consultation or if you are coming in for a medical issue related to your breast size. Free consultations are only for cosmetic surgery procedures.
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Dr. Jeffrey Weinzweig is a board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of JW Plastic Surgery. All Before & After Photos represent actual patients of surgeons and physicians of JW Plastic Surgery. Unless otherwise stated, in all other sections model photos were used on this website. Suitability for services are determined during an in-person consultation. As with all surgery result do vary. Financing and other practice specials and policies are subject to terms and conditions. Specials cannot be combined at any time. All information provided on this site is for educational purposes only. Consult your surgeon directly for individual instructions and advice. *Guaranteed Financing Program: 80% down financing available regardless of credit and you may qualify for more. See terms and conditions.Requirements of financing are you must have a valid checking account in good standing, a social security number, and be a U.S. citizen. You may be approved for a certain percentage of the cost of the surgery or even the entire cost of the surgery. Fees shown may be adjusted due to complications or unforeseen circumstances. Guaranteed financing available regardless of credit for a minimum 20% of the charge for procedures costing $1,000 or more. Additional financing may be available. APR is 0%-17% subject to approval.
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