Many women each year consider breast surgery. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is chosen by many women because of its ability to alter appearance as well as its added health benefits. Many women will experience neck, back, and shoulder pain because of the added weight of large breasts. Having breast reduction surgery can alleviate these problems in most women. Other women seek to improve their visual image because their breasts are disproportionate to other features of their bodies. This surgery can improve self esteem and self confidence just as much as breast augmentation can.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and it is very important to make sure that a potential patient chooses a surgeon who is certified, experienced, professional, and maintains a clean office environment. It is also a good idea to research surgeons online. Looking at what past clients have to say is a very helpful way to check on the effectiveness of a surgeon. Surgeons should be accredited and have licenses to practice medicine. Many surgeons offer free consultations so it is advised that potential patients visit several doctors before deciding on the one that will perform their breast reduction surgery.
Potential candidates for surgery will meet with their surgeon and have their breasts examined and measured. The surgeon will also take a detailed medical history. Women who are approved for surgery usually has one or more conditions that are caused by their breasts. These conditions include: back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts, irritation beneath the breasts, damage to the shoulders because of tight bra straps, breasts that are out of proportion to the body frame, restriction of physical activity because of the weight of the breasts, and self consciousness because of the size of the breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is most often done as an outpatient procedure and unless the patient’s job requires heavy lifting, they can return to their normal work schedule in about two weeks.
Many insurance companies cover breast reduction surgery. Each policy has specific guidelines about what surgeries they cover and the amount of tissue that can be removed based on body weight. Patients will have to work out the specifics with their surgeon and insurance companies. Letters of predetermination may be required in order for the insurance company to approve the surgery.
A majority of women who have breast reduction surgery are satisfied with the experience and happy to live without the pain and discomfort of large breasts.