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Benefits of Breast Reduction

Benefits of Breast Reduction

From nagging neck and back pain to more serious problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and sleep apnea, issues caused by large breasts can take a serious toll. These problems can make taking part in simple daily activities very difficult and can even harm a woman’s self-esteem and confidence. In many cases, breast reduction surgery (mammaplasty) offers great relief and improved quality of life.

If you’re one of the many women who suffer adverse effects from overly large breasts, here are a few things to consider when it comes to undertaking a breast reduction procedure.

Why Should I Consider a Breast Reduction?

Many factors contribute to the need for a breast reduction. The feeling that your breasts are too large can take a toll on your mental health, negatively impacting your mental health. Physically, very large breasts can limit your ability to engage in physical activity and exercise.

Chronic neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts, shoulder indentations from bra straps, skin irritation in the area beneath your breasts, and difficulty fitting into bras and clothing are all good reasons to consider a breast reduction.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Women of any age can undergo a breast reduction, although it’s less common for surgeons to approve the procedure for those under the age of 18, since the breasts could still be growing. As with any major surgery, breast reduction patients must be non-smokers to avoid the risk complications. For patients who are overweight or obese, a strict diet and weight loss program should be completed before considering a breast reduction. Breast size can be affected by weight fluctuations, so it is important to be at a consistent, healthy weight for at least six months to one year prior to considering surgery.

It also is important to have realistic expectations of what a breast reduction can accomplish. Prior to your surgery, our board-certified surgeon will work with you to create a plan to achieve the best result possible for your individual situation.

What Does Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?

During the breast reduction surgery, excess skin, fat, and tissue is removed from the breasts. Often, the nipple and areola will be moved to a higher position on the breast. Various surgical techniques can be utilized during breast reduction surgery, and our doctor will discuss your surgical options and recommend a treatment plan to fit your cosmetic and surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover a Breast Reduction?

In many cases, breast reduction surgery can be covered by medical insurance. Prior to the procedure, your doctor will write a letter to your insurance company outlining the qualifying medical conditions associated with your breasts, the estimated amount of tissue to be removed, and other factors. Once it has been established that your case meets the insurance company’s basic criteria, the cost of the procedure and the associated consultations could be covered as medically necessary by your insurance.

Ohio Plastic Surgery Specialists’ Dr. Walter Bernacki is an expert in the art and science of breast-related surgical procedures. If you are interested in undergoing a breast reduction, Dr. Bernacki will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs to achieve the best result possible.

Interested in learning more? Contact us today to book a consultation.