Although most people think of breast implants when they hear the term “breast enhancement,” the truth is that for every woman who wishes she had larger breasts, there’s another who wishes hers were smaller. A breast reduction reduces overall breast size, incorporating elements of a breast lift to raise and reshape the remaining breast tissue for a proportionate, flattering final result. Dr. Lee B. Daniel is a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Eugene area who specializes in breast enhancement procedures. Here, he responds to some of the most commonly asked questions about breast reduction surgery from his own patients.
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A. Women who have always felt self-conscious about having large breasts, or who struggle with consistent back and neck pain and other medical concerns due to their generous breast size can benefit from breast reduction surgery. Breasts can also increase in size over time due to life changes such as weight gain or pregnancy. During your breast reduction, excess tissue is removed and the skin tightened, re-centering the nipples and resizing the areolas as needed. A breast reduction can restore a more balanced look to your figure, and is often included as part of a mommy makeover.
A. This is a question that only your health insurance provider can answer, and it’s best to call them before you schedule your surgery. In some cases, your policy may cover breast reduction if you have a proven history of medical concerns related directly to breast size. Other insurance companies cover the procedure if a certain amount of tissue is removed during your reduction surgery. Dr. Daniel’s staff will work with you to make sure you have all the documentation you need when seeking reimbursement from your provider.
A. No surgery can be performed without incisions that leave scars behind, and breast reduction is no exception. Dr. Daniel takes extra care to place incisions as discreetly as possible to minimize the appearance of scarring. Over time, scars should heal up to nearly invisible as they mature. Typically, Dr. Daniel uses a keyhole-shaped incision that follows the outer curve of the areola (the darker pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple) and then travels vertically along the underside of the breast. Sometimes, the incision may be extended outward in the natural breast crease. Most women feel that the appearance of scars is minimal when compared to the benefits they see from their results.
A. A so-called “scarless” breast reduction isn’t a true breast reduction at all. Instead, it’s simply liposuction applied to the breasts to contour the breast through the removal of fat cells. Since breasts are made up of both glandular tissue and fatty tissue, only a few women can see positive results from using this approach alone. Most women requiring significant reduction will see a better long-term outcome from traditional breast reduction surgery. However, Dr. Daniel often does sometimes include liposuction as part of his technique during surgical breast reduction to further refine your new breast shape.
A. Your breasts will look smaller and feel lighter right away after surgery, although your new breast size will be initially disguised somewhat by swelling. Dr. Daniel will have you wear a special supportive bra in the early healing stages. Most women head back to work about a week after surgery, although vigorous activities should be avoided for the next few weeks to a month. As your body heals, your results will gradually become more visible over the following several months to a year after your breast reduction.