Overly large breasts are not only a nuisance for some women, they can also be quite painful. The weight of a generous bosom can pull at your neck, shoulders, and back, in addition to making you feel self-conscious about the way clothing fits.
Breast reduction surgery performed by one of our board certified plastic surgeons can help reduce many of these symptoms and help you feel more confident in the appearance of your breasts.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if you have large, heavy breasts that may be leading to:
- Difficulty breathing
- Back, shoulder, or neck pain
- Poor posture
- Bra strap indentations
- Chafing under the breasts
You may also desire this procedure if you have excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness or self-confidence and ability to find well-fitting clothing. If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise, you may benefit from breast reduction surgery.
What to Expect from Breast Reduction Surgery in Williamsburg, VA
Breast reduction is intended to give you a more attractive contour and smaller breast size, as well as freedom from health problems associated with excessively large breasts.
Breast reduction can usually be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will begin by placing incisions around the edge of the areola (the pigmented area around your nipple), extended vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast.
Through these incisions, excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed to reduce the size and weight of the breast. The nipple areolar complex is also moved upward to a position that complements your new smaller breast size.
Once the desired results have been achieved, your surgeon will close your incisions and cover them with light dressings. Immediately after your procedure, you will be placed in a special support bra to hold your breasts symmetrically, help promote proper healing, and maintain your results. You may also be required to have surgical drains in place for a few days to prevent accumulation of fluid.
In the days after your surgery, you will experience some tenderness, swelling, and bruising. We will prescribe oral pain medication to help manage your discomfort and provide you with post-operative care instructions.
You should be able to resume light activity and return to work within 7 – 10 days, though strenuous exercise or activities should be avoided for several weeks. Scars will usually fade in 6 to 12 months.
Payment for Plastic Surgery
Breast reduction is commonly covered by insurance, though insurance criteria are becoming more and more restrictive. Our staff will work closely with you to understand your financing options and will assist you in obtaining pre-authorization. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including third-party financing.
Risks of Breast Reduction
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, though minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. There is a chance that breast reduction surgery may impact your ability to breastfeed at a later date.
Breast reduction surgery in Williamsburg, VA, has changed the lives of countless local patients by eliminating excess uncomfortable breast tissue. Contact the Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads for a consultation and discussion with one of our top-notch medical professionals.