Breast reduction is a reconstructive surgical procedure to reduce the size of very large breasts. Those in need are often plagued with back and neck pain, skin irritations and deep grooves created by bra straps. Breast reduction surgery is often performed to help a woman relieve physical discomfort as opposed to achieve cosmetic enhancement. In this procedure, the breasts are enhanced cosmetically, with breast tissue reshaped for a lovely, round look, with nipple size, shape, and location corrected so your breasts look fresh and youthful.
Dr. Parker excels at reconstructive plastic surgery and recognizes the medical need of a breast reduction while also making sure to deliver a pleasing aesthetic outcome. He is highly-skilled as well as compassionate and will take the time with you to make sure all your worries are at ease.
If you are living with large, heavy breasts, breast reduction surgery can help you have a happier, more comfortable life. The benefits include:
If you are one of the many women who struggle with the discomfort of overlarge, heavy breasts, you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. In many cases, the surgery is medically necessary, and may be approved by your health insurance if you are living with any of the following symptoms:
Dr. Parker does not take insurance for breast reduction surgery. There may be cases where the surgery is covered by insurance. Each insurance carrier has specific guidelines that need to be met prior to determine if breast reduction surgery is a covered medical benefit. They will often require 6-12 months of treatment with documentation showing you have exhausted all other options. In addition, some may require a certain amount of tissue to be removed from each breast to validate a claim. This sometimes does not get you the most aesthetically pleasing results.
There have been studies that have shown the presence of pathological lesions, including breast cancer, in roughly ten percentage of breast reduction patients, despite careful and diligent preoperative tests, including mammography. Once Dr. Parker removes the excess tissue from your breast, the tissue will be processed and is then examined by a pathologist. A pathology report will be issued anywhere between 72 hours to a week’s time.
Every woman has a unique physiology and every breast reduction surgery is customized. The incisions are typically the “inverted T,” or “anchor” incision, which allows for access for complete reshaping of the breast tissue. The incision is made around the edge of the areola, extending vertically from the areola to the breast crease, and another incision along the crease. While any incision leaves a scar, the placement of these incisions will allow you to wear plunging necklines or revealing swimsuit tops with confidence – the scars will be hidden from view, and fade with time.
It is safe to become pregnant after this surgery but if you plan on breastfeeding you may consider waiting until you are done having children to undergo breast reduction surgery. While many women can successfully breastfeed, your ability to do so may be impacted. It is normal to lose nipple sensation for a time after your surgery, which could require up to a year to fully restore.
Dr. Parker closely monitors the progress of his patients, with no limit on post-op care. You will always be seen by Dr. Parker in your post-surgery appointments, and we are available 24/7 for calls.
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