What is a breast reduction?
For a women’s whose breasts are naturally large, the weight of these large breasts may lead to a number of physical and physiological problems. These include:
- Neck and back pains
- Irritation of the skin from the bra strap
- Skeletal deformities
- Problems with breathing
- Naturally, large breasts may also cause self-consciousness in some women, preventing them from exercising and living an active lifestyle.
For many women, breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammoplasty, provides benefits to both physical and mental health by surgically achieving breasts more in proportion to the rest of a woman’s body.
How much does a breast reduction cost?
The staff at Twin City Plastic Surgery serving Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL, will collect all of the needed insurance information at the consultation appointment and beyond to submit authorization to attempt to get this surgery paid through insurance. Many times, we are seeing insurance companies paying for breast reduction surgery, but it all depends on how many grams of breast tissue needs to be removed, which will be determined during the consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction works by removing unwanted fat, glandular tissue, and skin resulting in breasts that are firmer, lighter, smaller, and less saggy and in better proportion with the contour of the rest of the body. Another benefit of the procedure includes a reduction in the size of the areola.
Breast reduction surgery is typically one of the top 5 procedures performed in the country. Its combination of a cosmetic and functional improvement makes this a procedure with a very high satisfaction rate.
For those who do not work within a strenuous environment, they may return to work after one week, however, full healing from the surgery requires upwards of 4-6 weeks. Swelling and bruising will also occur immediately after surgery, with the swelling lasting upwards of 3 to 4 months. Patients will also be required to sleep in a manner that alleviates pressure from the treated area, and normal personal care activities like bathing and dressing will require the assistance of another individual during the early days of recovery.
Negatives of the procedure to consider are increased the chance of complications with breastfeeding if a person decides to get pregnant post-surgery, as well as the possibility of decreased sensitivity in the nipples and areolas.
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates for the procedure are non-smokers and those who are at and maintaining a healthy weight range, helping to ensure the longest lasting results.
If you are interested in a breast reduction contact Twin City Plastic Surgery at (309) 662-6772 serving patients in Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL. Learn more about the plastic surgeons, Dr. Tattini, Dr. Holt, and Dr. Randolph.