Breast reduction is a kind of breast surgery that many women undergo for medical reasons, not just for the cosmetic ones. In this post, we want to highlight some of the most common FAQs about the breast reduction procedure that we hear from our patients daily.
Breast reduction surgery reduces the size of a woman’s breasts so that they are more manageable and more proportional to her body. It is quite common to have a breast augmentation, but when a woman decides to have a breast reduction, there’s always someone saying: “Well, I wish I had larger breasts!”
Patients who decide to have breast reduction often do not do it for cosmetic purposes. It may be associated with either self-esteem or pain. A lot of women who get breast reduction are suffering from neck pain, tension headaches, and/or back pain. Their muscles are strained to carry the weight of the disproportionately large breasts.
At Surgicare Arts & Aesthetics, we get a lot of questions from patients considering breast reduction. Here are some of the most frequent FAQs:
Q: What Are the Benefits of the Breast Reduction Procedure?
A: The relief that patients experience after having the breast reduction surgery is huge. Patients come back after surgery saying that they feel the difference, they feel the relief, they don’t feel the pulling of the bra straps cutting through their skin.
Having the breast reduction surgery addresses neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and sleep because when you lay down while the breasts are falling on your face, it’s hard to sleep. When excessively large breasts are reduced, it takes away the pain, you look better, you feel better, and it’s easier to exercise and stay fit.
Q: Is There Any Age Limit for Breast Reduction?
A: A lot of women wait until later in life to have the surgery but Dr. Angelina Postoev has done the surgery on younger girls, as young as 17 and 18 years old. Especially as a teenager, excessively large breasts can become an issue for self-esteem because a lot of girls don’t want that kind of attention. They want to be able to play sports, they want to run and be active, and it is not possible with disproportionately large breasts. They wear several sports bras at a time trying to squish and maintain the breasts. They sleep in sports bras all the time.
There is no reason to wait to get the breast reduction surgery done. A huge variety of potential issues that comes from having large breasts can dramatically affect young lives overtime. The surgery is safe and the recovery is relatively easy. We’ve covered many recovery and scarring questions after breast reduction in this post.
Q: Are There Breast Reduction Weight Requirements?
A: There are no strict weight requirements for the breast reduction surgery. Dr. Angelina Postoev suggests optimizing your weight before the surgery. For women with excessively large breasts it can be hard to achieve the optimal weight because they cannot do sports, cannot run or jump like everyone else. To discuss your weight goals and eligibility for the breast reduction procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Postoev.
Q: How to Choose the Right Surgeon for the Breast Reduction Surgery?
A: It’s not easy to find the right surgeon. You should look for a board certified surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgery. Make sure you review plenty of before and after pictures and speak to your surgeon about your desired result. After the surgery, your breasts should look good with or without a bra, and your nipples should not look up in the sky. The size change should be acceptable and proportional to your body and your liking. And of course, you surgeon should make you feel comfortable by hearing your needs and concerns (if any), and by answering any questions you might have before and after the surgery.
Q: What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used for the Breast Reduction Surgery?
A: Dr. Angelina Postoev has a lot of experience in the general surgery, trauma surgery, critical care surgery, and cosmetic surgery (she is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon). She recommends having breast reduction surgery under general anesthesia. She explains the details in this video:
Breast reduction surgery takes at least two and a half hours, sometimes three and a half hours depending on the size of the breasts, the surgeon’s technique, and the amount of assistance the surgeon receives from his/her team during the procedure . As a rule of thumb, anything longer than one and a half hours should be done under general anesthesia.
Q: Breast Reduction Scarring: What Type of Incisions are Used for Breast Reduction?
A: Breast reduction surgery and breast lift surgery usually have very similar incisions. However, different surgeons may use different techniques. If you are considering breast surgery, you should ask your surgeon very specific questions, such as: “What are my scars going to look like?”.
We have covered the subject of scarring and the recovery process in “Breast Reduction Scarring and Recovery: What to Expect?”.
Q: Can Breast Reduction Be Combined with Breast Lift?
A: Breast reduction is often combined with breast lift. Every patient has unique needs based on her individual circumstances that will be carefully discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Angelina Postoev. Besides breast lift and/or breast reduction, she might recommend other cosmetic procedures, such as body contouring or skin resurfacing.
Q: Is Recovery after Breast Reduction Painful?
A. Breast reduction is probably one of the easiest recoveries compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures. It is normally done under general anesthesia. Patients might be sore right after the surgery but normally, there is no severe pain. Standard pain management protocol is enough for about a couple of days after the surgery.“Breast Reduction Scarring and Recovery: What to Expect?” post explores recovery after the breast reduction surgery in detail.
Q. How to Get your Insurance to Cover Breast Reduction?
A. When talking about the cost of breast reduction, at Surgicare Arts & Aesthetics it ranges from $7,500 to $9,500 depending on a number of factors, and we do not accept insurance.
However, Dr. Angelina Postoev can refer you to a qualified surgeon who accepts insurance in cases when the surgery is a medical necessity. We explained it in detail in the “Does Medical Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?” post.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer breast reduction and other types of breast surgery to patients in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.