Breast Reduction Surgery Questions
Who is a good candidate for a breast reduction?
If you are having difficulties with breathing, neck, shoulder and back pain, poor posture, indents from bra straps and chafing under the breasts you may want to consider breast reduction surgery.
Also, women who have large, heavy breasts that cause difficulty performing the tasks of everyday life and whose breast size affects your self-confidence are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
What can breast reduction surgery do for me?
Breast reduction surgery is performed to provide the patient with a more attractive contour and size in order to enhance the patient's self-image. This type of surgery may also alleviate health and discomfort issues that are associated with overly large breasts.
Can areola size be reduced during a breast reduction?
During a breast reduction surgery the nipples and areola are removed and repositioned higher on the breast. Because of this, the areola (pigmented area around the nipple) size can be reduced to provide a more appealing appearance to the breast if desired.
How is breast reduction surgery performed?
Your surgery will be performed in our state-of-the-art in-house surgery center and you will be placed under general anesthesia. Excess skin, fat and breast tissue will be removed and your nipples and the surrounding pigmented areas (areolas) will be repositioned to a higher place. Your incision will be in the shape of a lollipop which will encircle the areola and extend down to the breast crease.
Will I have an obvious scar after healing?
Dr. Slenkovich performs a limited-scar technique on the majority of breast reduction surgeries he does. This technique reduces the amount of scar tissue left underneath the breasts. Scars generally fade 6 to 12 months after surgery.
What can I expect during recovery?
After your breast reduction surgery, you will go home with a supportive bra or dressing that holds the breasts in a symmetric position while they begin to heal. Your initial discomfort will gradually subside with the aid of oral medication. In approximately 7-10 days you can return to light activities, and scarring will fade over a period of 6-12 months.
Will my health insurance cover a breast surgery procedure?
In many cases, a breast reduction procedure is performed to improve the patient's daily health and comfort, however breast reduction procedures require considerable documenation for insurance coverage. At this time, Colorado Plastic Surgery Center is not accepting new insurance patients. Contact your insurance company determine if breast reduction surgery is covered, the requirements for coverage and if you will be eligible for reimbursement following your procedure.
Colorado breast reduction surgery is a serious procedure that should be considered thoroughly. However, if it is the right answer for your breast problems, you will be able to enjoy a renewed sense of confidence and rediscover your self- esteem once you have had the procedure. To learn more about breast surgery, please contact Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Nick Slenkovich today.