Although the media often focuses on stories of women who want to increase their bust size, many women want to reduce the size of their breast because of embarrassment, discomfort, and postural problems. The standard breast reduction procedure involves reducing the amount of excess breast tissue and skin and repositioning the nipple and breast tissue to a higher, “perkier” position. Throughout the repositioning, the nipple remains attached to the underlying tissues so it can retain its natural blood supply and sensation.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?
- If you have large, heavy breasts, which may be the cause of breathing difficulties, back, shoulder and neck pain, poor posture, bra-strap indentations and chafing under the breasts.
- If you have excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness and self-confidence.
- If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise.
Will my insurance cover the breast reduction surgery?
This procedure is commonly covered by insurance though insurance criteria are becoming more and more restrictive. Dr. Schantz is an out-of-network provider. Verification of out-of-network benefits will be required. Our staff will assist you in obtaining pre authorization.
What other options are associated with breast reduction surgery?
An additional procedure that would enhance the result is liposuction of the axillary area to reduce excess fat deposits.
What results can I expect from breast reduction surgery?
Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areaolar complex) and extended vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast (we often call this incision an anchor incision). The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.
How long is the recovery period?
The incisions are covered with light dressings and the breasts are placed in a bra which holds the breast symmetrically during initial healing. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication and incisions will usually fade in 6-12 months. Breast Reduction surgery can increase the risk of not being able to breast feed.
Are there risks associated with a breast reduction?
All surgery involves risk and potential complications. A thorough discussion of the risks and potential benefits of any procedure is an essential part of the preoperative consultative process.
Dear Dr. Schantz,
It is rare to find a physician that possesses such surgical expertise and offers thorough, compassionate, and professional post-op care. My breast reduction surgery was a very life-affirming, life-changing procedure, and I wish I had done it years earlier! I’m sure such a high level of medical care is part of the reason. If I ever have the opportunity to share a recommendation, I will be happy to offer one. Thanks again for all the excellent care!!