Large breasts can cause significant back and neck pain. Some women with large breasts feel self-conscious about the way they look. Breast reduction reshapes and removes excess breast tissue and skin, resulting in a more youthful and proportional appearance. The nipple and areola are moved to sit higher on the recreated breast mound. Women who undergo a reduction often have less back and neck pain than before and may be able to do physical activities they could not do prior to surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my breasts change after surgery?
Change in size or shape may occur after pregnancy, significant weight gain or weight loss. Though the breast is recreated into a more youthful shape, your skin may continue to stretch over time as a natural result of aging and gravity.
How is breast cancer screening performed?
If you are at risk of breast cancer or over 40 years of age, we recommend a mammogram prior to surgery. The breast tissue removed during surgery is routinely sent to a pathologist for evaluation. For women getting regular screening mammograms, we recommend a baseline mammogram six months after surgery, then routine follow up exams as recommended by your doctor.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
Some insurance plans cover breast reduction surgery, often dependent upon degree of disability and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. Preauthorization may be required.
Can I breastfeed after surgery?
Though studies demonstrate that many women who have had breast reduction surgery are able to breastfeed, the procedure may change or hinder your ability to breastfeed. Some women who wish to breastfeed need to supplement with formula due to inadequate milk supply.