For some women, large breasts cause discomfort and even pain in the neck, shoulders and back. In other women, large breasts may be a source of anxiety due to their lack of proportion with the body.
Breast reduction reduces the size of abnormally large breasts to bring them into proportion with your body, improve breast shape, and alleviate discomfort.
Breast Reduction: Who can benefit?
If you exhibit any of the following conditions, breast reduction may be worth considering:
- Large breasts
- Poor posture
- Neck or back pain
- Bra strap irritation
- Descended nipple position
Breast Reduction Surgery: What’s involved?
Breast reduction is a 2-3 hour procedure. Incisions are typically made around the nipple, vertically down the middle of the breast, and within the breast crease. Liposuction and other surgical techniques are performed to reduce and improve the shape of the breasts.
What to expect during recovery
It takes time for complete healing to occur and the final results to be realized. Patients should expect about 7 days of downtime after breast reduction. Scars will be noticeable after surgery, but should gradually blend in with your skin over time. Contact Dr. Genter’s office to learn more about the risks, benefits, or cost of breast reduction.
Insurance Criteria For Breast Reduction Surgery
- Pain in upper back
- Pain in neck
- Pain in shoulders
- Painful Kyphosis documented in X-Ray
- Pain/discomfort/ulceration from bra straps cutting into shoulders
Criteria to meet:
- Photographic documentation confirms severe breast hypertrophy
- Patient has undergone an evaluation by physician other than the one performing the surgery, who has determined that all of the following criteria are met:
- There is reasonable likelihood that the patient’s symptoms are primarily due to the Macromastia (enlarged breasts)
- Reduction mammoplasty is likely to result in improvement of the chronic pain
- Pain symptoms persists as documented by the physician, despite at least six-month trial of therapeutic measures such as:
- Supportive devices (proper support bra, wide strap)
- Analgesic/non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy/exercises/posturing maneuvers
Women forty years of age or older are required to have a mammogram negative of cancer within the year prior to the date planned for reduction surgery.