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 is often performed to help a woman relieve physical discomfort as opposed to achieving 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, lifted 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:
Breast reduction cosmetic surgery lasts anywhere between two and five hours. The plastic surgeon will make incisions around your nipple and on the breast. Brian J. Parker, MD and his team of cosmetic surgeons will then take out excess tissue and fat before the nipple is placed again. Both breast augmentation and reduction are major surgeries, and your cosmetic surgeon in Las Vegas will advise you to take plenty of rest after surgery. You will be asked to take painkillers and wear a surgical bra for a stipulated time after the surgery.
Apart from plastic surgery, there are also non-invasive methods such as coolsculpting, venus Freeze and fraxel laser which are FDA-approved methods. Coolsculpting is a preferred option for those suffering from gynecomastia, which is the appearance of male breasts or tissue. Coolsculpting, called cryolipolysis in medical terminology, uses a device that kills fat cells locally, without damaging the skin. Venus freeze procedure also uses a device, but one that shrinks fat cells instead of killing them. Fraxel laser, as the name suggests, uses laser technology to remove stretch marks on the thighs, hips or breast region.
The cost of breast reduction procedure depends on the kind of treatment you choose, invasive or non-invasive, day-care or in-patient. Surgery costs could be at least $4,000 and go up to $15,000 or more, depending on which facility in the United States you choose and the amount of tissues to be removed. Costs could include your plastic surgeon’s fee, the anesthesia charges and a certain rate for the facility that is being used. You could talk to Brian J Parker’s team to find out what options are available in his Las Vegas facility, and then get a quote from his office based on your specific requirements.
If the surgery is being carried out for medical reasons, some companies offer insurance cover, so check on that with your surgeon before you undergo the procedure. Also, there are lenders from whom you can borrow loans for the procedure; your surgeon’s office could offer more information about such lenders. Non-invasive treatments could cost much less; the cost package depends on many variables including area of breast to be treated, amount of excess tissue and the number of sessions.
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. 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 percent 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. Dr. Parker takes into consideration the patients' desires when performing breast reduction surgery at his Las Vegas surgical center.
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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