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Breast Reduction

Large breasts can interfere with your daily activities and cause physical discomfort, including headaches, neck pain, and back problems.

Breast reduction surgery can create a more proportionate and attractive figure and free you from related health problems.

So why should you consider a breast reduction?

Reducing the Size of Your Breasts Can Improve Your Overall Quality of Life

Relief from Physical Discomfort

Excessively large breasts can cause a range of health issues, including chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Many women also struggle to exercise and participate in other active endeavors due to discomfort.

Easier Shopping and Better-Fitting Clothes

Finding clothes which fit properly can be a struggle for women with large breasts. Often, these women face limited availability and high prices. A breast reduction can make shopping easier and more fun.

Improved Self-Esteem

A breast reduction can provide a more balanced and attractive figure. Many women find that reducing their breasts makes them feel better both physically and emotionally, improving their self-confidence and overall well-being.

Let's break the procedure down a bit...

Breast reduction illustration Breast Reduction Surgery Has an Overwhelmingly Positive Result

*According to the National Institutes of Health

So what can a breast reduction really do?

Before and after breast reduction For Most Women, Breast Reductions Are Worth the Cost

In 2016,the average cost of abreast reduction was$5,600

In 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found the average cost of a breast reduction was about $5,600. However, the cost can range from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on a range of factors, including your surgeon's experience level and the type of anesthesia used. Despite the high costs, breasts reductions still have a 95 percent satisfaction rate.

Some insurance plans will cover a portion of the price if the size of your breasts is causing medical issues. However, since a breast reduction is technically a cosmetic procedure, you will need proof from your physician that your breast size is impacting your health and that you attempted other methods of dealing with your symptoms.

So what is involved in a breast reduction?

Breast Reduction Surgery Has Almost Immediate Results

Most breast reductions use a combination of liposuction and surgical removal of excess skin. The procedure generally consists of several steps:

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This procedure is typically performed under intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia.

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There are a few types of incisions your surgeon may use for this procedure, depending on the size of your breasts and your desired result. Your surgeon will work skillfully to hide the incisions in inconspicuous areas and minimize visible scarring.

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Nipple Repositioning

After making the incision, your surgeon may reposition the nipple to a more natural-looking location.

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Tissue Removal

Your breasts and areola are then reduced, lifted, and shaped.

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Closing the Incisions

The final step is closing the incisions with sutures.

You will see the results of your breast reduction right away. However, it can take time for swelling and incision lines to fade, so be aware that it could be weeks or months before you see your final results.

What if I don't want surgery?

Discuss Your Options with Your Doctor

Liposuction as a stand-alone treatment is a less invasive way to reduce breast size. However, liposuction does not address excess skin, meaning you could be left with sagging breasts. Some women are able to reduce the size of their breasts with weight loss and exercise. This method is more difficult for women whose breasts interfere with their ability to exercise comfortably. For many women, a breast reduction is the most effective method for relieving the discomfort of large breasts.

A breast reduction is a low-risk procedure which can have life-changing outcomes. The best way to find out if this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

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