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 that are more in proportion to the rest of a woman’s body.
If you are interested in breast reduction surgery in Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, IL and surrounding areas, contact Twin City Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.
Benefits Of Breast Reduction Surgery
For many women who have overly large natural breasts, they’ve felt their breasts were a burden since high school. These reduction procedures can change everything. Our Twin City Plastic Surgery patients are thrilled with the changes made by these surgeries. Whereas their life was spent trying consciously trying to cover and hide their breasts, now everything is different. Sagging, flattened, and heavy breasts are now smaller, lighter, firm, and back to a higher position on the chest. The breasts are now proportional with the rest of the figure.
Women who’ve had reduction tell us how they now love shopping for clothes and swimsuits. They’ve joined exercise classes they formerly wouldn’t have considered. They’ve taken up sports or hobbies that they’ve always thought about doing but avoided. In most cases, our breast reduction patients develop a completely new body image, one based in confidence rather than being continually self-conscious.
It can truly feel as if a burden has been lifted for women after having this procedure with our three Twin City plastic surgeons.
“After contemplating breast reduction surgery for years, I finally got up the courage to call Twin City Plastic Surgery and make an appointment for a consultation. I immediately felt comfortable with the staff and with Dr. Randolph. The staff answered all my questions patiently and with care. I have never regretted my decision to follow through with the surgery. If you are contemplating any type of plastic surgery, I highly recommend Twin City Plastic Surgery. They changed my life!”
Candidates For A Breast Reduction
The best candidates for the breast reduction surgery are non-smokers and those who are at and maintaining a healthy weight range, helping to ensure the longest lasting results.
How Do I Prepare For My Breast Reduction Surgery?
You’ll need to make the usual preparations you would for any surgery: stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, blood thinning medication, and most supplements for one week prior to your surgery. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks prior to and following your procedure, as smoking inhibits wound healing.
Your preparation should really focus on your recovery. You’ll want to get your pain medication prescription prior to your surgery. And you’ll want to create a nice recovery nest to climb into as soon as you get home. You’ll need to take at least one week off work. You won’t be able to lift much, either, so plan on someone helping you around the house for the first week. This is no time to tough it out — your overall recovery often stems from how the first week goes. Just plan to completely lay low with Netflix and a couple good books waiting for you.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery works by removing unwanted fat, glandular tissue, and skin, resulting in breasts that are firmer, lighter, smaller, 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.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and depending on the technique that is used and the individual case, it takes anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to perform.
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.
“Dr. Paige C. Holt was the most amazing doctor!! I can’t say enough positive feedback for her and her staff. From the first appointment to the last I have been treated like their only patient. From having her private cell number to call at any time day or night was above and beyond. She even took my call on Christmas night!! I had both a breast reduction and a tummy tuck at the same time. – RealSelf Patient“
Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery
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.
Is Breast Reduction Surgery Safe?
This surgery is safe and very rewarding for our patients. Of course, it is surgery, so there are the usual risks of excessive bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, poor wound healing, and the like. But these are rare.
When you think about it, there is more risk to your health in not addressing your heavy, sagging breasts. Problems such as back and neck pain, nerve compression, posture issues, and the like will only worsen as you get older. Improving these issues by having this surgery will correct those. Plus, we’ve found this surgery gives patients a new impetus to engage in more exercise and outdoor activities because they don’t have to cart around their heavy breasts and they no longer worry about undo attention. That’s good for your overall health moving forward.
Is Breast Reduction Surgery Painful?
Breast reductions involve lengthy incisions and lots of repositioning of breast tissue and excision of sagging skin. In virtually all cases, the nipple/areola complex needs to be moved upward to match the higher position of the reduced breasts on the chest. All of this will create some pain during your recovery. This is the most prevalent during the first two to three days, and then it begins to resolve quickly.
While it’s not directly correlated to your pain, the most important part of recovery is wearing your surgical bra, then your support bra, and then a strong sports bra for 24 hours a day for at least one full month. This can seem tedious, but it’s absolutely necessary to keep from placing any stress on your incisions. Being diligent will help them heal better and become less noticeable.
“It has been six months and I can truly say that this surgery has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.” – Read Full RealSelf Review Here“
Side Effects Of Breast Reduction Surgery
The main risk specific to this surgery is loss of nipple sensation or overall changes in breast sensation. This is because the nerves can be impacted by the relatively extensive changes in the breasts. Also, the ability to breastfeed can be impacted by this surgery. Our Twin City surgeons are usually able to avoid these issues, but they are possible.
What Will My Scarring Be Like From My Breast Reduction?
Due to the need to remove both excess glandular tissue and excess skin, the incisions necessary for breast reduction are extensive. In most cases, our surgeons use what is called an “anchor incision” to gain necessary access. This incision circles the areola, drops down to the breast crease, and usually moves outward in both directions along that crease. As with any surgical incision, this will leave a scar. The scars will lighten over time, but they will always be there.
Is Breast Reduction Surgery Covered By Insurance?
These procedures can be covered by insurance, but they need to be tied to a health issue or issues that your oversized breasts are causing. This could be tingling in your hands, nerve compression in your neck, even chronic rash formation under your sagging breasts. Usually a physician will need to be behind those diagnoses to gain insurance approval. We’ll discuss this with you during your consultation.
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.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, contact Twin City Plastic Surgery at (309) 662-6772 or fill our out online contact form today to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients from Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL. Learn more about the plastic surgeons, Dr. Tattini, Dr. Holt, and Dr. Randolph.