Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammaplasty)
Salt Lake City & Moab, UT
Frankly, breast reduction patients are the most grateful and happiest patients a plastic surgeon has. The most common comment we hear after reduction surgery is, “Why did I wait so long?”
Breast reduction removes a lot of weight which stresses shoulders, upper back and neck, and relieves painful deepening strap marks. Many patients also note a reduction in headaches which might be brought on by stress on the neck muscles.
Before and After
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The reduction procedure is performed in a surgery center or hospital, usually as an outpatient procedure. In some cases an overnight stay might be needed. It is done with a general anesthetic, and takes about 3 hours. Recovery time depends on the patients’ normal daily activities, but many women return to work in 2-3 weeks, with return to full activities in about 3-4 weeks.
Breast reduction does have some drawbacks, however. There are significant scars after this procedure, which result from the removal of excess skin and breast tissue, as well as the elevating (lifting) of the breast.
Can You Breastfeed After Breast Reduction?
Sometimes sensation can be lost in the nipple; this is about a 10% risk. The good news is that if sensation is lost, it usually returns within 1-2 years. Breast feeding after reduction can be affected. A certain number of women cannot breast feed afterwards, and who will experience this cannot be predicted. If you are able to breast feed after surgery, great! But you must be prepared to accept the possibility that you might not be able to do so.
Is Breast Reduction Covered by Insurance?
Insurance will often cover the cost of breast reduction. Some plans, however, do exclude breast reduction from benefits – please check your policy manual. The many plans that do cover breast reduction do so under certain conditions. Most commonly, they require your primary care physician to document your symptoms (neck / shoulder / back pain, rashes, painful strap marks), and require your surgeon to remove around 500 – 600 grams (1 pound) from each breast. As an average, most reductions in my practice range from 700 – 1200 grams removed from each breast.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is a self-conscious adult who wants to reduce the size of their breasts to prevent any physical discomfort or posture issues. More importantly, the perfect candidate must be in good health for cosmetic surgery, and must have fully developed breasts. Candidates should meet with Dr. Chick prior to any surgery to talk about procedure options and to determine if breast reduction surgery in Salt Lake City is a good fit for you.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation
Having large breasts can cause physical and emotional discomfort for many women. As a top breast surgeon, Dr. Chick has helped many patients improve their appearance and self-confidence by providing them with beautiful, natural-looking breast reduction results. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chick today by calling 801-322-1188.