Breast Reduction

Overly large and heavy breasts can cause a great deal of strain on a woman’s back, shoulders, and neck. They may also impede her ability to exercise, limit her clothing choices, and make her feel self-conscious about her appearance. Breast reduction surgery can relieve this physical and social discomfort by reducing the size and weight of the breasts.

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
  • Back, shoulder, or neck pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Breasts are heavy, or pendulous, with areolas and nipples that point downward
  • Irritation, or skin rashes beneath your breasts
  • Tight bra straps have left indentations in shoulders
  • Physical activity is limited due to the weight and size of your breasts
  • Unhappiness or self-conciousness about large breast size

Your Consultation for Breast Reduction

Each patient is unique. Because size and breast shape varies, as well as the desired amount of reduction, a consultation will allow Dr. Freed to determine the best technique and incision placement to achieve your desired breast size, as well as anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will also help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved.

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A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease

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An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

During the first two weeks, some bruising and swelling are to be expected. The bruising should subside in a week or so and a majority of the swelling in the first month.    The drains will usually be removed at the first post op appointment 2-4 days after surgery.

Breast reduction patients are advised to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the first two weeks after surgery. Dr Freed will instruction you on when it is safe to return to normal activities and strenuous exercise.  But we encourage you to get up and go for walks frequently, even the day of surgery.  Most of our patients are able to return to work in 2-4 weeks.

Will my insurance cover my surgery? 

Although most cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance, in some cases the breast reduction may be. This is particularly true in cases where overly large breasts are causing neck and back pain or other health issues. Before scheduling surgery, check your insurance policy to find out which expenses you will be responsible for. Your primary doctor may need to provide documentation before the insurance company will approve your procedure. In addition, there may be restrictions regarding the surgical technique used or the amount of tissue removed. While not all breast reduction procedures will be covered, it is worth checking with your insurance provider.

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Breast reduction often makes an immediate dramatic change in your appearance. Your breasts will be smaller, lifted and firmer.  In fact, the level of patient satisfaction resulting from breast reduction is among the highest of any plastic surgery procedures. Without the excessive weight of large breasts, you will find greater enjoyment in physical exercise as well as everyday activities that might have previously been hindered.

Because each breast reduction surgery and each patient is unique, Dr. Freed would be happy to meet with you personally to evaluate your needs and determine which surgical approach might work best for you. Take the first step towards comfort and a new outlook on life!