Many women with large breasts have considered a breast reduction at some point. Often, their breasts have grown out of proportion to the rest of their body. This usually occurs during puberty and adolescence. Long-standing macromastia (excessively large breasts) can cause significant symptoms. Many women in Connecticut experience neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. In addition, because their bra must support the heavy breasts, they often have grooves and irritation in the shoulders where the bra straps lie. With severe breast hypertrophy (enlargement and overgrowth), there can be irritation of the skin and even rashes underneath the breasts. Women often find it very difficult to perform aerobic activities and cardio exercises due to their large and pendulous breasts. For this reason, they have a hard time maintaining a good weight, which usually causes the breasts to enlarge further with weight gain.
The incisions are hidden around the areola and on the bottom half of the breast, and tend to heal very well. The incision that is used can either be a vertical incision (lollipop shaped – around the areola and down to the breast fold) or a Wise pattern incision (anchor shaped). The incision used depends on how much the breasts need to be reduced in size and how much lift is necessary. Liposuction is sometimes combined with the procedure to remove extra fat from underneath the armpit.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient surgery that reduces the size of the breasts, while lifting them at the same time. The surgery itself takes about 2-3 hours. Patients are prescribed for pain medicine and antibiotics after surgery. A supportive surgical bra is used during the healing process. Most patients can drive and return to work about 1-2 weeks after surgery. Working out and strenuous activity can usually be resumed after about 6 weeks, depending on healing.
Most breast reductions in women with symptoms from their large breasts can be covered by insurance. The surgery will be submitted to the insurance company for authorization and approval before surgery. If you have notes documenting your symptoms from your Ob-Gyn, back doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or primary doctor, this helps in the insurance approval process.
If you are interested in a breast reduction in Connecticut, or just want to learn more about the procedure, schedule a consultation with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali today. Dr. Jandali performs a high volume of breast reduction surgery and dedicates over half of his practice to breast surgery. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!