Having overly large breasts not only causes a variety of painful physical symptoms, they can also affect your self-esteem and confidence. Breast reduction surgery gives you a comfortable breast size and alleviates the back, neck and shoulder pain associated with heavy, dense breasts.
To schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue, please call (561) 886-1002.
Reduction of Overly Large Breasts
The only way to know if you are a good candidate for breast reduction is to visit Dr. Bogue. Generally speaking, women seeking this breast procedure are often doing so for one or more of the following reasons:
- Displeasure or self-consciousness with the large size of your own breasts
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Skin irritation beneath your breasts
- Skin indents or soreness from bra straps digging into your shoulders
- Discomfort when exercising
- Discomfort in clothes and swimsuits
- Asymmetry of breast size and shape
Breast reduction has the following benefits:
- Eliminates excessive breast weight
- Improves breast shape, size and position
- Alleviates symptoms caused by large breasts
Health insurance sometimes covers the costs of breast reduction; it depends on the circumstances of your situation. Each health insurance company will have a different definition of “medical necessity” – the criteria required for them to pay for the procedure. The usual requirements for breast reduction coverage depend on the amount of weight estimated for removal, the symptoms you are experiencing and whether you have seen other healthcare providers, such as a spine surgeon or physical therapist, because of your large breast symptoms.
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for an insurance company to deny coverage because they have decided the procedure is cosmetic in nature. If that is the case, we offer financing through CareCredit so that you can apply to pay for your breast reduction in monthly installments.
"Dear Dr. Bogue, I would like to thank you and your staff for the patience and excellent care you have given me. A special thanks for your kind heart. You have made a difference in my health and life. You are certainly a special doctor. – Linda"
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Dr. Bogue performs a breast reduction in an operating room under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 3 hours to complete. During the surgery, he removes the excess skin and breast tissue. The nipple is raised to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position. The results are smaller, lighter breasts that are lifted on the chest. Breast reduction is an outpatient surgery, which means that you return home shortly after surgery and do not need to spend the night.
You'll need to take some time to rest and recover after the procedure. You will wear a postoperative bra for 4-6 weeks, which will allow your breasts to heal in the proper position.
Questions About Breast Reduction
Q: Does insurance cover breast reduction?
A: The answer to this question depends on what type of insurance you have. Many insurance companies will cover the cost of a breast reduction if several criteria are met. These criteria often include associated symptoms, such as back or neck pain, shoulder notching from bra straps, rashes, and multiple physicians documenting breast size as a causative factor for these symptoms. Even with all of this documentation, insurance companies may deny coverage.
Q: Do you have to remove the nipple in a breast reduction?
A: No. In fact, it is quite rare to remove the nipple from the breast and graft it back on. Rather, we use a "pedicle" of breast tissue underneath the nipple, which allows rotation of the nipple while preserving its attachment to the milk ducts and its sensory nerves.
Q: Can you make the areolas smaller?
A: Yes! It is quite easy to make the areolas smaller and is necessary in most cases. Large areolas may fit large breasts, but after a reduction the new areola is often made smaller to suit the smaller breast.
Q: I've heard that some women get implants with their reductions. Why is this?
A: A breast reduction combined with the placement of an implant seems like a contradiction. However, although a breast reduction improves the shape of the breast, it is difficult to create long-lasting fullness above the nipple. The new breast shape will usually drop into a natural tear-drop shape. In certain cases where upper pole fullness is desired, a small implant may be placed to add this fullness.
If you are interested in breast reduction and you live in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or any of the surrounding areas, please call our experienced staff at (561) 886-1002, to schedule a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue.