Semira Bayati, MD Plastic Surgeon

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is an ideal operation for large cumbersome breasts. Sometimes during the course of development, the breasts naturally hypertrophy to excessive sizes regardless of the weight. At times, pregnancy and breast feeding lead to irreversible enlargement of the breasts to undesirable sizes. Natural asymmetry of large breasts is not uncommon and can be corrected at the time of surgery. This operation can relieve upper back and shoulder strain from bra straps nicely. Depending on the size of the reduction insurance might cover the cost of surgery. However, small reductions that are mostly to lift the breasts and reduce the volume slightly are considered a cosmetic operation and not covered by most insurance carriers. Your physician can advise what size is proportional to your height and weight without making you too small.

The incisions from a breast reduction can take up to a year to fade and with proper scar management products and occasional laser fading, they are very well-hidden and acceptable. It is very important to be close to your ideal weight at the time of this operation because if you lose weight after this surgery, your perfect size breasts can get smaller and looser. Weight gain and future pregnancies can result in recurrence of the breast hypertrophy even after breast reduction surgery.

Most people return to work after one week. However, heavy lifting is to be avoided for up to 3 weeks after this surgery.

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