Breast reconstruction in Troy can be a great surgical option for women with large breasts who would like smaller breasts. For some women, large breasts can cause pain in the back, neck, and shoulders and/or rashes below the breast. Some women may have always been large-breasted. Others may note this change after pregnancy or other hormonal changes. Their large breasts, in addition to causing discomfort, may contribute to the appearance of being heavy when they are not. Overly large breasts commonly lead to difficulty finding good-fitting bras, bathing suits, and clothing. It may be difficult to participate in sports. Many women with large breasts report wearing multiple bras at once to control their breasts during exercise.
How The Breasts Are Made Smaller
This surgery reshapes and resizes the breast by removing excess breast tissue and skin and repositioning the nipple and areola (the colored skin around the nipple) into a higher position on the chest (a breast lift is done with a reduction.) The areola is almost always made smaller. In rare cases, the nipple and areola are removed completely and reattached as a skin graft. Two types of reduction are offered: the inverted T/anchor scar or the vertical/lollipop scar. You will find which is right for you at your consultation.
For women suffering from pain in their back, neck, and shoulders, this operation gives almost instant relief from the strain of their overly large breasts on their body. Other benefits include better proportion, an easier time fitting bras, clothing, and bathing suits, and improved self-confidence. Women have also reported improved balance and an easier time participating in sports.
The size improvement comes with a trade-off for permanent scars. These are located around the areola (the colored skin around the nipple), vertically from the areola down to the fold, and may also include a scar in the fold itself. Nipple sensation may change or be absent after surgery. Women who want to breastfeed after this operation may be unsuccessful.
Who Pays for this Procedure
Sometimes, this operation is covered by health insurance. It almost always requires precertification, meaning there is a list of qualifications that must be met in order to meet criteria the insurance company puts forth to meet medical necessity. This often includes documentation of pain not relieved by physical therapy, medication, or specialty bras. A minimum weight will need to be removed which is often determined by patient weight and height. This can only be determined by examination. If criteria are not met, cosmetic pricing is offered.
What to Expect from a Breast Reduction
Length of Operation
3 – 5 hours (depending on the extent of the procedure).
General anesthesia, you will be asleep the whole time.
In or Outpatient
Outpatient, you will go home the same day.
Time until Final Appearance
6 months to 1 year.
Length of Results
Should be long-lasting, but breasts can increase or decrease in size with weight changes. Pregnancy or other hormonal changes can also increase breast size.
Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery
All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. Risks include pain, infection, bleeding, damage to skin, nerves, blood vessels, inability to guarantee a bra cup size, dissatisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, breast asymmetry, unsightly scars, blood clots in the legs which can travel to the lungs (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), wound healing delays, loss of sensation of the nipples, death of nipples, and death of skin. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.
Learn More About Breast Reduction Surgery in Troy
If you are considering breast reduction in Troy, give us a call. We are happy to walk you through your options and help you determine whether this procedure is right for you.