What is Breast Reduction?
Women who are living with breasts that are too large for their bodies can often experience negative side effects such as physical discomfort, self-consciousness, neck, back, and shoulder pain, rashes and difficulty taking part in physical activities. Breast reduction can reduce the size of the breasts so that they are no longer a source of physical discomfort. Based on your size and symptoms, this procedure can be considered medically necessary and a covered benefit under your insurance. (Individual insurance policy benefits may vary).
Who is a Candidate?
Women who are feeling emotional or physical discomfort sometimes look to a breast reduction to increase their discomfort. You may be a candidate for breast reduction if:
- You feel that your breasts are too large for your frame
- You suffer from back and neck pain from large breasts
- You have recurrent skin infections, and bra strap grooving from large and saggy breasts
Ultimately, a consultation with Dr. Fichadia is needed to discuss if this procedure is right for you.
The breast reduction procedure uses the same incision patterns as the breast lift procedure, including the donut incision, the lollipop incision, and the anchor incision. The incision pattern that is right for you is dependent on the amount of excess breast tissue and skin that needs to be removed, your individual anatomy, and your desired results.
After the correct incision pattern is made, the nipple will be repositioned, and breast tissue is reduced, lifted, and shaped. Sutures will be layered within the breast tissue to create support for your newly reduced breasts. Incisions will then be closed with dissolving sutures. Drains are not usually necessary.
Results and Recovery
Results from breast reduction are immediately visible but will improve with time as swelling subsides. Surgical dressings may be placed, and mild swelling and discomfort are to be expected. Patients are encouraged to sleep with pillows underneath their head and neck to keep their torso elevated when sleeping or lying down. Most patients can return to light duty jobs at 2 weeks.
If you are tired of living with too-large breasts, a breast reduction in Portland, OR can help. Our office staff is experienced in working with your insurance company to determine if this is considered a medically necessary procedure. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fichadia