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.