Breast Reduction FAQs

If you’re considering breast reduction, you most likely have a lot of questions about what the procedure can do for you. I make sure to work closely with my patients to help them feel confident about choosing to move forward with breast enhancement. Below, I’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions from my own patients about breast reduction.

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Is This Procedure Right for Me?

The best candidates for breast reduction should be in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results. Many women interested in breast reduction have long suffered from ongoing back pains or skin irritations as a result of having large breasts. Others may feel that their breasts attract unwanted attention or make shopping for clothing difficult. However, many other candidates for breast reduction simply feel that a smaller breast size would better suit their figure or match their lifestyle. It’s important to understand that no matter what your current breast size, if you want smaller breasts, you may be a good candidate for the procedure.

Can a Breast Reduction Help with Sagging?

Yes. Breast reduction surgery is actually a combined surgery of removing breast tissue, followed by a breast lift. The goal is to create a more desirable breast size while improving the shape and position of the breasts. Because many women with large breasts experience sagging, the lift is an important aspect of the breast reduction procedure. This includes resizing the areolas if necessary as well.

Can a Reduction Help with Breast Asymmetry?

Yes. Women with significant breast asymmetry may wish to reduce the size of the larger breast to match the smaller. For this approach, I perform a breast reduction on only one breast. If needed, a lift can be performed on both breasts rather than only the larger. Patients with pronounced asymmetry may also wish to insert a small breast implant in the smaller breast to better contribute to size symmetry.

Where Are the Scars Located?

I use one of two incisions in breast reduction surgery, depending on the amount of reduction necessary. If a small to moderate amount of breast tissue needs to be removed, I use a lollipop incision, which goes around the areola and extends vertically down to the inframammary fold. If the patient requires a greater amount of tissue removal, I may use an anchor-shaped incision. This incision is the same as the lollipop, but travels along the inframammary fold a short distance. I take special care to make the incisions as discreetly as possible.

Can I Get Breast Reduction Covered by Health Insurance?

Depending on your reason for getting the surgery, you may be able to get your breast reduction covered by insurance. In order for your provider to approve of coverage, you will need to be getting the procedure for health reasons rather than cosmetic purposes. Each provider has different criteria for what constitutes a case for coverage, but in general, you will need to provide a letter from your physician of your health issue being linked to breast size. You will also likely be required to have a specified minimum amount of tissue removed during your surgery. My staff and I take the time to assist my patients in determining their requirements for coverage to help make breast reduction as affordable as possible.

When Will I See Results?

Although you should notice an immediate change in the size and shape of your breasts, your results will initially be obscured by swelling. I will ask you to keep surgical bandages on for the first week after surgery, and will also provide you with a special post-surgical bra to wear after you remove the bandages. This will help support your breasts during the healing process. Most women are able to return to work after the first week, and you should see your final results fully develop over the course of the next couple of months.