Bigger is better – that’s the cliché. But bigger isn’t always better, and if you are researching a breast reduction procedure, you already know that. Here’s something you may not know – insurance companies sometimes view large, pendulous breasts as a condition requiring medical intervention, and consequently some plans may cover the cost of breast reduction.
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Breast reduction surgery can:
- Alleviate persistent neck and back discomfort
- Relieve shoulder pain resulting from bra straps
- Improve posture
- Eliminate painful rashes under the breasts
- Increase self-esteem
The fact is, you didn’t have a say in the size of your breasts…until now.
Many women also choose to combine procedures as part of a Mommy Makeover by combining procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, breast lift and liposuction. Male patients bothered by excessive breast tissue may benefit from treatment for gynecomastia.
Your Breast Reduction
When you visit Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for your breast reduction consultation, you will discover a welcoming environment that fosters an open, honest dialogue about breast reduction, and a team of plastic surgeons who truly care about you, your safety, and your satisfaction. And as such, you will also be provided with as much time as you need to have all of your questions answered and all of your concerns addressed.
One of the most common questions our surgeons hear is whether a patient needs breast reduction or a breast lift. In many cases, both of these breast enhancement procedures are required to create a total breast makeover and achieve the patient’s goals.
At your consultation, you will learn everything you need and deserve to know about breast reduction surgery, including how the removal of fat and glandular tissue and the tightening of skin can result in smaller, lighter breasts that are better proportioned to the rest of your body. Also, you’ll learn how breast size and shape, among other things, helps to determine whether you are a candidate for the traditional “anchor” pattern breast reduction or the preferable “vertical.”
Although the short-scar, or “vertical” breast reduction has been popular in Europe for over 20 years, the technique has gained popularity in the U.S. only during the last few years. Our surgeons perform vertical breast reduction in many of cases, and believe that a short-scar breast reduction can have several advantages, including:
- Shorter operating times
- Less scarring
- More robust blood supply to the skin, and therefore less wound healing problems
- More full, youthful looking breast shape
- Longer lasting breast shape with less bottoming out of the breast over time
At your breast reduction consultation, your surgeon will evaluate whether this technique is best for your particular circumstance. We will also discuss the cost of breast reduction and provide a detailed price quote if requested.
Hundreds of thousands of women across the U.S. have had breast reduction surgery. Elective or not, surgery is still a big decision, and it’s one only you can and should make. After all, it’s your life. Breast reduction can help you live it, free of the physical and psychological pain of large, pendulous breasts and free to participate in the activities you enjoy and to wear the clothes that reflect the true you.
Save $50 on your consultation when you schedule online, or call us at (410) 740-9330, and you’ll soon discover what makes Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland’s destination for revealing your inner beauty.
Breast Reduction FAQs
How much does breast reduction cost?
In addition to the cost of the surgery itself, anesthesia, operating room fees and other items will increase the final cost. You will be able to get a more concrete figure from your surgeon once you sit down for your consultation.
If you are concerned about being able to afford breast reduction, ask about our financing options.
Will insurance cover my breast reduction?
It’s possible. In most cases, breast reduction is sought out not for cosmetic reasons, but physical ones. You will likely need to present evidence to your insurance company that there is a physical need for your breast reduction surgery.
You should check your insurance company to see if breast reduction surgery is covered under your plan. If they do, the proof they require may vary, so be sure to speak directly with your insurance provider so you know how to proceed.
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
Anyone unhappy with the size of their breasts, for any reason, could be a good candidate for breast reduction. Candidates should be in good overall health. Those who are experiencing physical pain related to their overly large breasts are considered top candidates, but any type of discomfort can indicate someone might benefit from breast reduction surgery.
How do I find the best breast reduction surgeon near me?
Start by looking up plastic surgeons in your area and narrowing the list based on their credentials and experience performing breast reduction surgery. From there, compare your options and narrow down your list of plastic surgeons to two or three who seem right for you. Finally, schedule consultations with the plastic surgeons still on your list and decide on one based on how comfortable you feel with them.
How old do you need to be to get a breast reduction?
It isn’t that there is a minimum age for getting a breast reduction. Rather, it is that breast development should be complete and breast size stable for at least a year before surgery. This means that most women will be in their late teens before they can get breast reduction surgery.
Is breast reduction painful?
As with most any surgery, you should anticipate some discomfort after getting a breast reduction. During the surgery, you will be under general anesthesia and should not feel any pain. Once you wake up, you can anticipate soreness and discomfort as you heal. We will prescribe medication to help manage this and keep you comfortable during recovery.
Can I choose my new cup size?
Bra cup sizes vary by manufacturer and aren’t a system of measurement used in plastic surgery. However, you can decide how small or large you want your breasts to be before the surgery. Your surgeon will talk about your goals for breast size in terms of CCs, so it is a good idea to read up on this unit of measurement before your consultation.
Will there be scars left behind?
Pretty much all surgeries leave scars. While Breast reduction scars aren’t small, they can be easily hidden under a bikini top or bra. Your scars should fade over time, but they will remain long term. How obvious they are will depend on how your body heals.