The Problem: Oversized breasts can be a distressing source of neck, back and shoulder pain, skin irritation and a variety of other medical problems. They can prevent a woman from having the healthy, functional lifestyle she wants to live. Women with excessively heavy breasts are also limited in the types of clothing they can wear and physical activities they can perform.
The Goal: Breast reduction surgery is sought by many women to relieve the mental distress, physical restrictions and painful strain on other parts of the body caused by excessively heavy breasts.
The Procedure: Breast reduction, technically called reduction mammaplasty, involves removal of excess breast tissue to reshape and lift the breasts. The result is smaller, lighter, more natural-shaped breasts that are in better proportion with the rest of your body.
Insurance Coverage: Because of the functional problems associated with extremely large breasts, most insurance will often cover the cost of this surgery.
Length: Usually 3-4 hours.
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Outpatient or inpatient.
Side Effects: Swelling, edema, altered nipple sensation, bruising.
Risks: Bleeding, infection, fluid collection, risks of anesthesia, scarring, wound breakdown, unevenly positioned nipples.
Recovery: May have draining for one to two days. Back to non-strenuous work activity usually within two weeks; active exercise usually after four weeks.
Duration of Results: Can be permanent.
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*All information on this site provides general information about plastic surgery. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and it does not address your individual medical needs which will determine which treatment options are right for you.