What to Expect: Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
What makes a good breast reduction candidate?
- You’re physically healthy
- You don’t smoke
- You have realistic expectations
- You are bothered by your large breasts
- Your breasts limit your physical activity and cause back, shoulder, and neck pain
- You have skin irritation or rashes under your breasts
During your breast reduction consultation, be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomes
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
- Previous surgeries
- Family history of breast cancer and results of mammograms and or biopsies
- Photos, measurements, and skin quality
- Breast reduction is also known as Reduction Mammoplasty which is a procedure to remove excess breast fat and glandular tissue.
- The procedure is to achieve breast size in proportion with your body and alleviate discomfort associated with overly large breast size.
- The amount of reduction desired will be determined by your individual condition and breast composition.
- Following breast reduction surgery, gauze and bandages will be applied to the incisions; you will be placed in a surgical support bra. The surgical bra will support the breast and reduce swelling.
- There will be a small thin tube placed under the skin for drainage of excess blood or fluid.
- Healing will continue for several months while swelling decreases and breast shape/size improve.
- Continue to follow your Plastic Surgeon’s instructions for follow up visits and care.
- Breast reduction surgeries are covered by most insurance plans.
- You will be required to submit medical documentation and pictures to your insurance company for verification of candidacy.
- You may also be required to pay a copay, coinsurance, or deductible based on insurance type.
Tips for Healing
- Following breast reduction surgery, you will be given medications to apply or to be taken orally to aid in your healing and reduce the risk of infection or swelling.
- Follow up with your Plastic Surgeon for specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
- It’s important to know that your incisions are not subject to abrasion, force, or motion during your recovery.