Who is a candidate?
- If you have large, heavy breasts which cause breathing difficulties; back, shoulder and neck pain; poor posture; bra-strap indentation; and chafing under the breasts.
- If you have excessive breast size which decreases your sense of attractiveness and self-confidence.
- If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise.
Intended results of Breast Reduction:
- More attractive contour and smaller breast size.
- Freedom from health problems associated with excessively large breasts.
- Improved self-image.
Breast Reduction procedure description:
- The breast reduction procedure is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
- Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areolar complex) and extend vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. The nipple-areolar complex while intact is moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.
- The innovative technique of Free Nipple Graft is used on excessively large and pendulous breasts.
- Occasionally, only a vertical scar is used for breast reduction.
Recuperation and healing following Breast Reduction surgery:
- The incisions are covered with light dressing, and the breasts are placed in a bra. The bra holds the breast comfortably during initial healing.
- Occasionally, drains are used for the first 24 hours.
- Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication.
- Scars will fade tremendously in 6 to 12 months.
- Breast reduction surgery will probably reduce the ability to breast feed.
Other options besides Breast Reduction:
- An additional procedure that enhances results is Liposuction of the axillary area to reduce excess fat deposits.
- Liposuctioning the breast for purpose of reduction has been widely debated. Generally, this is not the standard of care and should not be used as a primary method of reducing breast size.
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers offers additional information on Breast Reduction — http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Insurance guidelines for Breast Reduction:
- Dr. Egrari is not a participating provider on any insurance plans. This is becoming a common trend and is variable. However, our staff can provide Bellevue plastic surgery patients with all the necessary information including codes, notes, letters and pictures to obtain insurance pre-authorization.
Visit our Gallery to view before & afters of our Breast Reduction procedure.