Large, heavy breasts are often associated with severe back pain, shoulder grooving, neck pain, and rashes under the breasts. Many women can also feel self-conscious or embarrassed because of the disproportionate size of their breasts. Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, can help alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort that’s often connected with a larger breast size.
In some cases, breast reduction may be covered by your health insurance plan. We can provide details after reviewing your situation during the consultation.
Dr. Lee B. Daniel is board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery. He is known as one of the best enhancement surgeons in Oregon. Dr. Daniel and his team at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have helped thousands of women feel confident with their new, more petite figure after breast surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about whether breast reduction is right for you, please call 541-687-8900 or contact our office in Eugene today for more details or to schedule your consultation.
Before Your Breast Reduction
When considering a breast reduction, each woman has her own set of questions and concerns. For this reason, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Daniel is an important step to ensuring the best possible outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Daniel will discuss your goals for breast reduction surgery, helping you to decide what options are best for you.
The best candidates for breast reduction may experience:
Large, pendulous, heavy breasts
Pain or discomfort due to breast weight
Inframammary fold infections, or other skin irritations in the breast crease
Self-consciousness about body due to breast size
Restrictions in certain physical activities or exercises
Dr. Daniel can create a more balanced, better-shaped breast and reduce strain on the body by combining a breast reduction and breast lift procedure to remove fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and shapelier. Dr. Daniel can also reduce the size of your areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
Breast reduction surgery requires about 2.5 to 3 hours of operating time under a light general anesthesia. The incision is typically shaped like a keyhole or inverted T, traveling around the areola and sometimes within the breast crease. Liposuction can be used to contour surrounding fatty tissue. Excess skin is also removed to reshape and tone the breasts. The result is a reduction in breast size and an elevation of the breast for a more youthful appearance.
Here’s an example of the results that can be achieved, with one of Dr. Daniel’s patients shown before and after surgery.
Healing Process for Your Breast Reduction
Recovery time after breast reduction is approximately 2 weeks, although this will vary depending on your body’s natural healing response and other factors. Dr. Daniel will advise you to wear a special surgical bra during this time, and will also prescribe medications to help you control any discomfort. Some aching, swelling, and changes in skin sensation are normal during your recovery.
Most women are able to return to work within a week after surgery, depending on the demands of their job. You should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 2 to 4 weeks after your breast reduction. During the healing process, the incision marks will fade, and within 6 months should be almost invisible.
Breast reduction is about more than simply making your breasts smaller. Instead, Dr. Daniel creates a more flattering, proportionate breast size and shape that better suits your frame, and brings out the best in your figure. After breast reduction, most women feel not only more comfortable physically, but also feel more confident and less self-conscious about their breast size.
More Information about Breast Reduction Surgery
To learn more about your options for breast reduction surgery, please contact us online or call us today at 541-687-8900. Our plastic surgery practice is conveniently located near the Oakway Center.
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.
Will insurance cover my breast reduction surgery?
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.
Will my breast reduction scars be noticeable?
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.
Does Dr. Daniel offer “scarless” breast reduction?
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.
When can I expect to see my final results?
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.