Breast Reduction 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.
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.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Can breast reduction reshape the breast while decreasing size?
Yes, in addition to reducing volume, breast reduction surgery can sculpt the breasts and make them more symmetrical for a more appealing shape. The procedure can also adjust the nipple, compress the size of the areola and create a perkier, more elegant profile. If there is sagging, Dr. Chick can also lift each breast to renew the natural contour.
I’m not sure which cup size is optimal for me — how do I decide?
Dr. Chick works hard to match results with expectations, and that is why it is so important to share your vision and hopes with him. During your personal consultation, he will be happy to answer every question and provide additional resources that will help you make your decision. The best choice is usually a size that dovetails with your body frame. It is best to avoid choosing a size that you may later feel is too small.
How soon will I see results?
It may take two to three months to see final results in the mirror. That is because post-surgical swelling subsides very slowly, and your new breasts may at first appear slightly larger than you had hoped. Breasts may also not seem perfectly symmetrical during recovery, as one breast will commonly heal faster than the other. Because small changes continue to occur during the gradual healing process, the ultimate result may not be evident for as long as a year. The good news is that there is no waiting period for relief from the back, neck and shoulder pain — your new, pain-free life begins right after surgery.
Are the results permanent?
In the absence of future pregnancies or dramatic weight gain, the results of your breast reduction will be long-lasting. The procedure will not freeze time, however, as some sagging or loosening will naturally occur with aging. Except in rare cases, breast tissue will not grow back, so your new slim profile should be permanent.
What happens during recovery?
Recovery from a breast reduction procedure requires at least a week away from work and physically stressful activities. You will be wearing a surgical bra for several weeks, and may have tubes in place to drain fluid for a week or more.
Swelling and bruising are common, and Dr. Chick will advise you on ways to manage swelling, which may last for several months, and will prescribe medication for the moderate pain you may experience. At night, it is recommended that you sleep on your back with pillows to elevate your head and upper body. Avoiding excessive physical activity during recovery is another way you can help your body heal without stress or distraction. Vigorous exercise, reaching, lifting and straining can all pull at the skin and result in an irregular healing pattern. Walking is encouraged, however, as it will improve your circulation, speed healing and help prevent the formation of blood clots.
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.