There are many reasons that women opt for breast reduction. Excessively large breasts can take a toll with problems like physical pain and emotional discomfort, and breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing solution. Also known as a reduction mammaplasty, our expert team offers this procedure at Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine in Martinsville and Livingston, New Jersey.
Breast Reduction Candidates
As long as you’re generally healthy, you’re likely a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. Many patients find that their excessively large breasts cause both physical and emotional discomfort. This can include:
- Difficulty performing certain activities such as running
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain
- Skin chafing
- Self-image problems
If you are bothered by your large breasts, are a nonsmoker, and are at a stable and healthy weight, you are likely a good candidate for breast reduction. You’ll discuss your goals for breast reduction surgery during a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon to create the right surgical plan for you.
How is a Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on your anatomy, cosmetic goals, and plastic surgeon’s recommendations, an incision will be made around the nipple, in a “keyhole” pattern, or in an “anchor” shape (around the nipple and vertically to the breast fold). Through this incision, excess tissue can be removed. The remaining tissue is then repositioned, and the nipple and areola may be moved to a higher position. The incisions are then closed.
What is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
After your breast reduction, you can expect some soreness and discomfort for the first several days which can be alleviated with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. You’ll need to wear surgical support garments to alleviate swelling, and drainage tubes may be put in place. Most patients will need to rest for about a week before returning to normal activities such as work or school. After about two weeks, most patients are ready to resume more strenuous activities like exercise routines. Your recovery process will be monitored through follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing, and you’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions from our team before your surgical date.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to learn more about how breast reduction can help is by meeting with our award-winning team. To get started, we invite you to contact our Martinsville and Livingston offices by calling or filling out our online form.
Does breast reduction require implants?
Breast reduction does not require implants. During breast reduction surgery, excess tissue is removed and the remaining skin is excised and reshaped for an enhanced breast contour.
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
Because breast reduction surgery improves back and shoulder pain, among other issues, it can be covered by some health insurance plans. However, most insurance providers require proof that you have tried other solutions— such as physical therapy— without success before you turn to surgery. We encourage each patient to discuss their coverage with their insurance provider before their consultation in order to maximize your benefits.
How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?
Your cup size after breast reduction will vary based on several factors. Your plastic surgeon will help you select a size that both relieve your problems and flatters your figure. That being said, most breast reduction patients go down about two cup sizes after surgery.