Breast reduction surgery is a popular procedure, because it can help people who have been suffering from the neck and back pain associated with overly large breasts. After having this procedure, many of our patients express their regret of not doing it years previously.
The objective of breast reduction surgery is to decrease the size of the breasts and reshape them in order to make them more proportional to your body size. Breasts proportions become more balanced to the body, which can improve appearance, and the reduction in weight can greatly assist with back and neck issues.
- Breast reduction surgery is a viable option for individuals whose breasts are too large for their body frame.
- Individuals who have neck, back, and shoulder pain will benefit greatly from a reduction in breast size, as the strain will be eased by removal of surplus weight by means of tissue, skin and extra breast fat.
- If the size of your breasts is a source of discomfort and embarrassment, then breast reduction may be a good option.
- Breasts that are disproportionate (when one is considerably larger than the other) are another reason to consider breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery can greatly improve quality of life; it can make you more confident in your appearance, and more comfortable in dresses and tops. Another added benefit of breast reduction surgery is the ability to exercise and even breathe more easily. Individuals who opt for surgery often find that once the strain of the extra weight has been removed, they are more comfortable working out.
A candid consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you determine if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. The plastic surgeon will need to assess your skin elasticity and have an honest conversation about any concerns and expectations relating to the surgery. The amount of reduction a patient hopes to see in their breasts will be a factor in how the surgery is approached. In addition, breast reduction surgery must be carefully evaluated for women who are planning on breastfeeding in the future.
Costs & Recovery
The surgery usually takes between two and three hours, under general anesthesia, and an overnight stay is not usually needed. The procedure can take place at the hospital under the condition of insurance paying for it, or in our office. A patient can expect to feel sore and tender for a few days following the procedure and most patients take a week off to recover. In addition, after the procedure, one can expect swelling in the area for a few months and that mobility may be impaired. Your doctor will discuss recovery expectations with you during a consultation.
The costs of the surgery average between $8,000–8,500, which includes your physicians fee, operating room costs, and general anesthesia. In some cases, insurance may pay for a portion or all of the surgery. Our office will be happy to work with you to get prior authorization from your insurance company.
After a breast reduction surgery, an individual can expect breast size to remain consistent. However, a variety of factors including weight gain/loss and pregnancy can affect the size of your breasts. In addition, normal effects of aging will occur, including sagging of breasts over time.
The Christus St. Vincent Breast Institute has partnered with James Green MD for insurance cases involving Breast Reduction & Breast Reconstruction. Consultations are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Breast Institute.
If you are planning to use your insurance for breast reduction or breast reconstruction please call (505) 913 3101 to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Green at the Christus St. Vincent Breast Institute, 490 A West Zia Rd., Suite 200, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
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