The goal of breast reduction is to make a woman’s breasts smaller, lighter, and more comfortable. It will also reshape them, but this is not its main purpose. If you wish to reshape your breasts, you should consider a breast lift. In many cases, both a breast lift and breast reduction in Philadelphia will need to be performed to achieve a woman’s desired cosmetic objectives and increase overall comfort.
Most women who are considering breast reduction have other symptoms in addition to their large breast size. These symptoms include back, shoulder, and neck pain. Surgery is performed to relieve these symptoms.
PROCEDURE & RECOVERY
This surgery is performed in the hospital with the patient under general anesthesia. Most women spend one night in the hospital after breast reduction surgery in Philadelphia. As you recover from surgery, your breasts will appear noticeably smaller, but keep in mind that they will remain swollen and tender for several weeks. This means that the size and shape of your breasts will continue to change over time, and your final appearance may not be revealed until about six months to one year following surgery. Some discomfort should be expected after surgery, but pain can be controlled through the prescription medication Dr. Solomon provides.
Most women who choose breast reduction report a significant improvement in their symptoms of back and neck pain. The tradeoff for improved comfort is some degree of scarring on the breasts. The incisions required of breast reduction will leave scars which may be quite noticeable. Risks and complications include bleeding, infection, loss of nipple sensation, and inability to breast-feed. All of these complications occur infrequently.
COST & INSURANCE COVERAGE
The cost of breast reduction surgery is often covered by your health insurance, depending upon your plan. This is because the surgery is performed to relieve symptoms, and is more than just cosmetic. Dr. Solomon has found that liposuction is a useful and affordable tool in shaping the breasts during surgery. Occasionally, the length of an incision can be lessened using this technique. Sometimes, this surgery can even be done as an outpatient using only liposuction, which reduces the amount of scarring from the procedure and overall expense.
FIND OUT MORE
Are you ready to find out more about a breast reduction in Philadelphia? Request a consultation online with board-certified plastic surgeon Mark P. Solomon, MD, FACS, or call his office near Philadelphia at 610-667-7070 or Beverly Hills at 310-299-3553.