Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
A woman with excessively large breasts often complains of pain in her neck, shoulders and back. The weight of
the large breasts pulls the bra straps down across the shoulders leading to chronic, daily discomfort. The typical
woman afflicted with excessively large breasts has tried to alleviate the discomfort through exercise, weight loss,
physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, massage and multiple styles of expensive bras. Unfortunately, in the majority
of cases she has not found any permanent relief from the nagging pain. Exceptionally large breasts frequently negatively
impact the woman's lifestyle, physical activities and wardrobe options.
Reduction mammaplasty refers to reducing the size of the female breast in an effort to relieve the associated discomfort.
The procedure, when covered by a commercial insurance policy, is performed in the hospital as an outpatient procedure.
If a patient does not qualify within the guidelines of her insurance policy the procedure may be performed at the Wetherington
Plastic Surgery Center as an out of pocket expense. The surgical procedure takes approximately three hours to perform.
Selected portions of the breast gland are removed and the nipple-areola complex is left attached to the breast but is reduced
in size. As the incisions are closed the remaining breast tissue is lifted so that the postoperative result is a smaller,
more shapely breast that better compliments the patient's body. Most patients report an improvement in their levels of back
and neck pain within a few weeks. Most women are able to return to work in one to two weeks, and complete healing progresses
over the next few months.
The most important component of a safe and successful surgery is a thorough consultation. When you visit the Wetherington
Plastic Surgery Center I will gather vital medical information, perform a pertinent physical examination and discuss your
surgical options. We will engage in a candid discussion regarding the risks and complications associated with reduction mammaplasty.
The information obtained during your consultation will be integrated into a letter to your insurance company requesting precertification
for a breast reduction. Although each insurance plan has unique policy related to elective surgery like breast reduction, my staff
and I have the experience to guide you through the process.
Reduction mammaplasty is a very popular procedure and patients can look forward to a significant improvement in their symptoms
of neck, shoulder and back pain. As a secondary benefit the typical patient also enjoys being able to choose more flattering clothing.
Her improvements in health and self -esteem are quite remarkable.