Breast Reduction Procedure
Emotional and health issues can be caused by overly large breasts. Discomfort and physical pain can occur in addition to the issues of negative self-image. The ability to lead the active lifestyle desired by a patient can be impaired. The emotional and physical issues associated with having large breasts are often equally important to women.
Excessive weight of the breast can cause breathing problems, skeletal deformities, skin irritation, and neck and back pain. Women’s shoulders sometimes have indentations from bra straps. Large pendulous breasts can make teenagers and older women extremely self-conscious. Reduction Mammoplasty, the technical term for breast reduction, is designed to help such women.
The breasts are made firmer, lighter, smaller, and less saggy by removing skin, glandular tissue and fat. The areola, the dark area around the nipple, is also reduced in size. Giving a woman breasts that are smaller and better shaped in proportion to the contour of other parts of the body is the goal. Dr. Rosenthal uses modern surgical techniques that minimize scarring. She will also provide information that explains how your case will proceed.
Who are the Best Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Nonsmokers who are physically healthy and have realistic expectations are the best candidates for the procedure. Women bothered by the size of their breasts or limits to physical activity might consider the surgery. Breast reduction surgery can often alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain in women with large breasts.
Bra strap indentations are an indication of overly large breasts. Other ailments caused by the condition are irritation to the skin beneath the breast crease, low hanging breasts, stretch marks, nipples below the crease of the breast when unsupported, and enlarged areolas.
What is the Cost of Getting a Breast Reduction?
The typical cost of a breast reduction includes things such as pre-surgical testing, garments needed after surgery, medicine prescriptions, anesthesia related costs, surgical or hospital facility costs and the surgeon’s fee. The breast tissue that is removed will also be sent to a pathologist to make sure that it is free of cancer. This also has an associated fee.
Cost should not be the only consideration when having the surgery. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is recommended. Being comfortable with the surgeon performing the procedure does not have a price tag.
Does Health Insurance Cover Getting a Breast Reduction?
When performed to relieve symptoms that are medical in nature, breast reduction may be covered by insurance. Insurers often determine coverage of breast reduction surgery by the amount of breast tissue that is removed height, weight and failure of other therapies to relieve symptoms.
For coverage or reimbursement, pre-certification is required. Insurance policies greatly vary. To determine coverage, review your own policy carefully.
What You Should Know About Breast Reduction Surgery
The safety and success of breast reduction surgery greatly depends on the patient’s candidness during consultation. Questions about personal lifestyle, desires, and health will be asked. Be ready to have an open discussion. The surgeon will want to know why the surgery would be performed and what the expected results and outcomes are. Drug allergies and medical conditions and treatments need to be relayed to the doctor. Any previous surgeries, familial history of breast cancer, mammogram results, and biopsies are things the surgeon needs to know.
In addition, general health status, risk factors, and pre-existing health conditions will be taken into consideration. The doctor may examine the breasts, take detailed shape and size measurements, assess skin quality, and note the placement of the nipples and areolas. Photographs may be placed in medical records.
Surgical options and a recommended course of treatment will be discussed by Dr. Rosenthal at our San Jose area office. Potential complications, risks, and likely outcome will be also shared with the patient.
Women in the San Jose – Los Gatos areas considering breast reduction should contact Regina L. Rosenthal, M.D., F.A.C.S., a female plastic surgeon, today.