For the majority of my career as a board certified plastic surgeon, I have specialized in reconstructive and cosmetic breast procedures. When most people hear this, they think about breast augmentation, or perhaps breast reconstruction in women who have undergone a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. However, there are a number of other plastic surgery procedures that can be performed on the breasts as well. Among the most popular of these is breast reduction surgery. Not only can breast reduction surgery help a woman to achieve her ideal body shape, but it can also provide relief for a number of health concerns as well. If you are interested in undergoing breast reduction surgery, here are some important things that you need to know.
A Breast Reduction is Different from a Breast Lift
Many women experience changes in their shapes of their breasts over the course of their lives, such as those that are caused by fluctuations in weight, childbirth, or breastfeeding. These changes can often be addressed with a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure, during which small amounts of excess skin are trimmed and supporting tissue tightened to give the breast a more lifted and youthful appearance. While a breast reduction can often achieve similar results, it is a more extensive procedure aimed at addressing more serious medical concerns. During a breast lift, a surgeon is careful to remove as little tissue as possible. However, a breast reduction is specifically intended to decrease the volume and weight of the breasts with the goal of relieving complaints like chronic back and neck pain, improper posture, or irritation rashes under the breast area.
Breast Reduction Can Be Performed on a Wide Variety of Patients
Breast reduction procedures are actually popular with women of all ages. Overly large breasts can place significant strain on the back and neck muscles, and that strain does accumulate over time, making the procedure popular among middle aged women. However, many women in their teens have also found that their involvement in sports or other physical activities is greatly hindered by breasts that are disproportionately sized, and breast reduction procedures among younger women have become more common in recent years as well. In fact, a modified form of breast reduction surgery can even be used to give relief to men who are suffering from gynecomastia, a condition that causes an overdevelopment of one or both male breasts and affects an estimated 30 to 40% of men at some point in their lives.
Breast Reduction May Be Covered by Insurance
While it is important to note that the details of individual insurance plans vary significantly, it is possible that some plans may cover all or a portion of breast reduction costs, like they do for patients undergoing some other forms of reconstructive breast surgery. Patients will, of course, need documentation from a qualified physician that their breast size has had a measurable adverse effect of their health and that other remedies have proven ineffective. When considering any form of medical treatment, you should always speak with a representative from your insurance company in order to clarify the specific details of your policy and determine exactly what will, and will not, be covered.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction, or about any of the other types of plastic surgery that Dr. Beegle performs, please feel free to contact us at our Newnan office so that you can schedule a full consultation. There we will have the opportunity to discuss your personal aesthetic goals, look over before and after photos, and determine exactly what procedures will be of the greatest benefit to you. Remember to stay connected by following me on Facebook, or by getting the latest news and updates in Blogging for Breast Care over the upcoming months.