What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to reduce the size of breasts on women. During this procedure fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed from the breasts, resulting in smaller breasts. A breast reduction can help increase patient comfort and improve the breast size in proportion to the body.
Breast Reduction Candidates
The ideal candidate for breast reduction is a woman with oversized breasts that cause:
- Medical problems
- Low self-esteem
- Physical discomfort
- Emotional discomfort
A woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding may not be a candidate for breast reduction surgery.
Reduction Mammaplasty Procedure
The length of the breast reduction procedure depends on the technique Dr. Liption uses. Typically the surgery takes 2 to 5 hours to perform. Reduction mammaplasty is performed under general anesthesia.
The surgical incisions are identical to a breast lift, however, with a reduction, a significant amount of breast tissue is removed in addition to the skin. There are two types of incisions for breast augmentation:
- Two rings one larger than the other, around the areola
- A keyhole shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease
- An anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease, and extending up to and around the areola.
This procedure almost never requires removal of the nipple, just repositioning, and in most cases sensation and function remain intact. Sometimes, Dr. Lipton can use liposuction to remove fat from the breasts.
Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery
After breast reduction surgery, patients may experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days. Dr. Lipton will remove the bandages after 2 days, and then replace with a surgical bra. Patients can return to work within 1 week, although some patients may need up to 2 weeks. Patients should postpone any physical activity for 1 month.
Will Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?
Medical insurance can cover breast reduction surgery if medically necessary. Depending on the insurance provider, there may be eligibility factors.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on breast reduction procedure, contact our office today at 972.420.0023 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Lewisville and surrounding areas in Texas.