Breast Reduction Surgery: More Than Just A Cosmetic Solution

By Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, 3rd March 2014

  Filed under: Breast Surgery, Plastic Surgery Procedures

For many women with overly large breasts, breast reduction surgery can increase their self-esteem and confidence and make it easier for them to shop for and wear clothes. Many women who undergo breast reduction surgery find that they are now able to wear certain types of clothing that they stayed away from in the past. They are also now able to participate in sports and other activities that were once uncomfortable due to the size of their breasts. That freedom alone makes this surgery worthwhile for many women. However, for some women, breast reduction surgery is much more than simply a cosmetic solution. In some cases, breast reduction surgery is medically necessary.

In cases where overly large breasts are causing health problems including posture problems, back and neck pain and painful indentations on the shoulders where the bra strap is rubbing on the skin, breast reduction surgery may be considered medically necessary. In this case, the procedure may be partially or completely covered by a health insurance provider. Since every insurance plan is different, it is a good idea to find out if medically necessary breast reduction surgery is covered by your plan and at what rate, before deciding to have the procedure.

The surgery itself involves making an incision in the breast and removing excess tissue and skin from the breast. In some cases, the nipple and the areola are also removed and then repositioned. The breasts are then stitched and the stitches remain until the tissue has had the chance to heal. In most cases, the stitches are removed after one to two weeks. Most women have breast pain for a few days after the procedure and then milder discomfort for a longer period of time. Medicine can be used to treat the pain and discomfort. Wearing a surgical bra can also help to reduce the swelling and can serve to support the breasts while they are healing.

If you are tired of dealing with the embarrassment and/or pain and discomfort associated with overly large breasts, talk to a qualified plastic surgeon in your local area. After a thorough evaluation, your surgeon can recommend the most suitable surgical treatment to help you achieve smaller breasts and a better overall quality of life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones

Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.