While American culture often suggests that large breasts are a sign of health and femininity, some women find that their breasts are too large to live comfortably. If you suffer from large breasts that cause pain in your back, shoulders or neck, or if your breasts make fitting into clothes difficult, breast reduction may be the right option for you.
At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our expert breast surgeons specialize in the most minimally invasive reduction procedures, and are renowned for their state-of-the-art techniques. If you suffer from overly large breasts and are interested in learning more about breast reduction at our outpatient surgery center, please feel free to contact our office.
Reasons for Breast Reduction
Women with large breasts may want to consider breast reduction when they suffer from the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Posture problems
- Poor body image
- Difficulty fitting into regular clothing sizes
- Abrasions or grooves from bra straps
- Rash under breasts
These symptoms, especially when chronically affecting a woman, can make daily life extremely difficult. If you have large breasts accompanied by any of the above symptoms, please feel free to contact one of our board-certified breast surgeons to determine if reduction surgery is right for you.
Women who plan to become pregnant may want to wait until after having children to undergo breast reduction surgery, as your breasts can change in shape and size throughout pregnancy and breast feeding.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty (or mammaplasty), involves the removal of excess fat tissue in the breasts in order to reshape them to a size that is more proportionate to the patient’s body.
The procedure varies depending on the patient and the type of reduction needed, but typically involves an incision around the areola and down the breast. The breast surgeon will then remove the excess tissue, fat and skin from the breasts, and reconstruct them to create an even, natural appearance.
Women who undergo breast reduction may also opt to have a breast lift performed at the same time.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Because breast reduction can be done at our outpatient center, patients can go home the same day as their surgeries. Further, recovery time is much faster than with more invasive procedures that require inpatient hospital stays.
Our expert surgeons use advanced techniques to ensure that breast reduction scars are minimal and fade over time (sometimes even disappearing). Most women find they can return to regular activities within a few weeks of undergoing surgery, although recovery time varies from patient to patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does breast reduction cost?
A: Breast reduction cost varies for each unique case, and your surgeon can determine the cost during your consultation. Fortunately, most patients undergo reduction for medical reasons, which means many insurance plans cover the procedure.
Q: How do I know if I have breast reduction insurance coverage?
A: Most breast reduction procedures are deemed medically necessary, which allows many patients to have their procedures covered. At the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence, we offer a free insurance verification online, which can determine if you will be covered for surgery at our outpatient center.
Q: Is breast reduction painful?
A: No. Because breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, you will not feel anything during the procedure. Following the surgery, your doctor will prescribe pain medication that should alleviate any pain your feel during your recovery.
Q: Can I have a breast reduction and lift at the same time?
A: Yes! Many patients choose to undergo both procedures at the same time, especially older women and women who have had children and wish to restore their breasts to their natural, youthful states.
Q: How soon can I go back to work after breast reduction?
A: Many patients are able to go back to work within just a few weeks of their procedures. However, it is important to speak with your doctor about your recovery, as he or she can determine the appropriate amount of time you need to fully recover.
Contact a Los Angeles Breast Surgeon
If you suffer from large breasts and are interested in learning more about breast reduction in Los Angeles, please don’t hesitate to contact the Breast Reduction Center of Excellence. You can schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified breast surgeons by calling (888) 391-5720 or by filling out our online appointment form.
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