If you know you would enjoy life more with smaller, lighter breasts, a breast reduction can give you the freedom to exercise comfortably, wear the clothing you like, and participate in activities without worrying about how your breasts look or feel.
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Who Can Benefit from a Breast Reduction?
The decision to have breast reduction is personal, and women choose the procedure for a variety of reasons. If any of the following sound familiar, we encourage you to consider breast reduction surgery:
- Your back, neck or shoulders hurt all the time, and you have trouble taking a deep breath.
- You are self-conscious about having disproportionately large breasts.
- You want to eliminate unwanted attention due to your breasts.
- Bras are extremely uncomfortable, chafing and leaving indentations on your shoulders.
- You feel limited in your clothing choices because of your large, sagging breasts.
- You have bought every sports bra on the market, but none make exercise easier.
For most of our patients, a combination of these problems led them to have this life-enhancing surgery, which can increase both physical comfort and self-confidence: their backs no longer hurt, posture improves, exercise becomes more enjoyable, and they’re happier with how they look and feel in clothing.
What Is The Recovery Like?
You will be happy to learn that most of our patients are back to daily activities within the first week after surgery, including a return to work if they have a desk job.
It is common to have some bruising, swelling and tenderness initially, which will subside over the first several weeks after surgery, and you will need to rest at home for the first 2 to 3 days. While everyone heals differently, you can expect the following with recovery:
- Bed rest the day of surgery is recommended.
- Limit activity for the next two days following surgery.
- Avoid lifting & more strenuous activities for about one to two weeks.
- With your surgeon’s okay, you can return to work within the first week.
- Expect to wear a supportive sports bra for a couple of weeks following surgery.
- You can usually resume most aerobic exercise 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.
Will Insurance Cover Breast Reduction?
In some cases, breast reduction surgery may be covered by certain insurance companies. Our office will work with your insurance company to determine the scope of your benefits. Otherwise, this surgery would be considered cosmetic.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast reduction cost?
The total cost for a breast reduction can vary from patient to patient. The procedure is tailored to the patient, and the price reflects this. Expect the price to include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility/OR fee, and perhaps other costs as well. To get an accurate estimate for your procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Swetnam or Dr. Stubbs.
Will a breast reduction make me healthier?
It could. Some people are motivated to get a breast reduction strictly for cosmetic reasons; they feel their figure is unbalanced or they struggle to find clothing that fits their breasts and their waist. Others seek breast reduction due to back, shoulder and neck pain. If you fall into the latter category or fit into both, getting your breasts reduced could improve your overall health and happiness.
How do I find the best breast reduction surgeon near me?
Step one is researching breast reduction surgeons in your area and checking their reviews. Stick with the best reviewed, then view the before and after photos of breast reduction patients on their website. Make sure there are some that align with your goals. Then schedule consultations with 2 to 3 surgeons you think will be a good fit and select the one who feels like the right person to partner with for your surgery.
What are the scars like after breast reduction?
This varies based on the type of incision the doctor chooses, which usually depends on how much breast tissue is being removed and if you need a breast lift in addition to your reduction. In all cases, they should be easily hidden in most clothes. Expect them to fade over the first year after surgery. A good way to predict how noticeable they will be long term is to look at other scars you have. Some people scar red while others have scars that tend to fade to their natural skin color.
How soon after pregnancy can I get a breast reduction?
While many women experience a loss of volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding, some experience the exact opposite. If you feel your breasts are too large after having children, a reduction can help. However, most surgeons will want to wait until six months have passed since you had your last child or stopped breastfeeding. This allows for the breasts to change on their own and settle into their size.
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