Breast Reduction Cincinnati
Large breasts lead to a variety of social and physical problems. For some women, large breasts attract unwanted attention leading to feelings of embarrassment and low self esteem. For others, large breasts interfere with exercise and work. Common complaints related to large breasts include headaches, upper and lower back pain, shoulder grooving, rashes under the breast, breast pain, and neck strain. Turn to breast reduction surgery from Cincinnati Plastic Surgery.
Some breast reduction surgeries qualify for insurance coverage. DD cup or larger typically gains insurance approval for a bilaterial breast reduction. First, you must schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin where a detailed history and physical exam will be performed. Then, Dr. Martin takes photos of your breasts and writes a letter to your insurance company. Approval may take up to 30 days. After approval from your insurance company, we schedule surgery. Talk to Dr. Martin about the anticipated amount of reduction and the expected size following surgery.
Breast Reduction Process
Generally we recommend leaving a C or D cup breast. Typically, we hear over-resection as the most common complaint after surgery. Before surgery, we measure you and mark your breasts with a marker. We make incisions and remove skin, fat, and breast tissue. Additionally, the nipple remains on the breast mound. We don’t remove the nipple in most cases. Instead, we reposition it. Also, we reduce the size of the areola (part of nipple with color). Finally, sutures go under the skin. Typically, we don’t remove those sutures. We also don’t use drains normally.
Most reductions take 2 to 3 hours to perform and are performed as a same day surgery. Recovery is 1-2 weeks and pain is minimal to moderate. Typical amounts of tissue removed range from 500 grams per breast all the way up to 6,000 grams or more. Complications can include tissue necrosis, wound breakdown, loss of areola or nipple, loss of sensation, bleeding, infection, and seroma. Most patients retain sensation in the nipple and are able to breast feed following surgery.
There are many types of breast reductions and you should let your surgeon decide which method is best for your particular situation. All breast reductions result in scarring and if you desire a scarless breast reduction see liposuction only breast reduction.