Breast Reduction: A Smaller Bust to Match Your Lifestyle and Reduce Pain
Many women spend their days longing for larger breasts. But for some women, overly large breasts can be nothing short of a nightmare.
If you’ve been contemplating breast reduction surgery, it’s time to schedule a consultation appointment with Stanley L. Librach, MD, DDS. As an established plastic surgeon in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Librach can walk you through your breast reduction options and discuss the advantages of this type of procedure.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A BREAST REDUCTION?
A breast reduction procedure is ideal for patients who wish to alleviate the emotional and physical discomfort caused by overly large breasts. If you have one or more of the following issues as a result of your breast size, a breast reduction may be right for you:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Posture Problems
- Bra strap indentations on the shoulders
- Self-image issues
- Skin irritation around or between the breasts
- Skeletal deformities
- Unwanted attention
- Difficulty or pain when participating in physical activities
HOW CAN A BREAST REDUCTION IMPROVE MY LIFE?
More clothing options
Clothing tends to fit better post breast reduction surgery because your body is more proportionate than before. Breast reduction patients are no longer restricted from a particular clothing style that would previously have been too revealing or too baggy.
Following your breast reduction surgery, patients have more self-confidence and are no longer self-conscious about the size of their breasts.
With the heavy weight of large breasts lifted, our patients no longer have the added stress on their body; specifically their shoulders, neck and back, and are more comfortable, whether it’s lounging around the house or engaging in physical activities.
Breast reductions are commonly performed for functional reasons, but there is an added benefit to it as well. Not only will you have smaller, more proportionate breasts but they are also lifted, giving our patients more youthful positioned breasts.
BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE
Breast reductions are performed through an incision around the areola and a vertical scar from the areola to the base of the breast, but for larger breast reductions, an incision along the base of the breast may also be used. This method is often called a Weiss pattern breast reductions, which resembles an anchor.
RECOVERY TIME FOR BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Following your breast surgery, dressings or bandages are applied to the incisions and an elastic bandage or support bra will be worn to minimize your swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
Some procedures require a small tube to be placed temporarily beneath the skin near the incision to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect in the beginning of the healing process.
Each patient is given specific post operative instructions depending on the procedure. Those instructions for breast reduction surgery may include: how to care for your breasts following your procedure, medication to take or to apply to help the healing process or to reduce swelling and pain, how to check for infections and what to do if an infection occurs, and your limitations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Is there an age requirement for patients who want to undergo the breast reduction procedure?
With any surgery, parent or guardian consent is required for all cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures performed on patients 18 years old and younger. This procedure can be performed at any age, but it is advised the patient’s breasts be fully developed before considering surgery.
Will breast reduction surgery correct sagging breasts?
A basic breast reduction will lift the breasts very slightly, but those with sagging and overly large breasts can benefit from a combination of a breast lift and a breast reduction.
Is breast reduction surgery considered a cosmetic procedure?
Breast reduction surgery can improve the cosmetic appearance of the breasts, but the main reason a patient undergoes the reduction surgery is to alleviate emotional and physical discomfort.
How long will the results of breast reduction surgery last?
The results should be long lasting so long as the patient maintains a healthy weight. If you gain a substantial amount of weight, odds are your breasts will enlarge. Patients can enjoy the continued relief from any discomfort as their breasts age naturally over time.
Will insurance cover my breast reduction surgery?
Health care insurance may cover this operation in patients who are not significantly overweight, but have overly large breasts who demonstrate symptoms related to large breasts.
Some insurance companies may require a supportive letter from your primary care doctor to document a physician who has known you longer thinks a breast reduction will help your symptoms.
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