Breast Reduction Procedure
|Average Cost||$5,400 – $9,800+|
|Return to Daily Activities||4-6 weeks|
|Return to Work||1-3 weeks|
|Procedure Length||2-5 hours|
Breast reduction is a common procedure in plastic surgery. Patients seeking breast reduction surgery typically complain of back, neck, and shoulder pain due to the weight of their breasts. They also commonly have rashes develop beneath or between their breasts and deep furrows from the bra straps in the shoulders. There are primarily two age groups in which breast reduction surgery occurs: 18 to 25 years and 30 to 35 years.
May Be Covered By Insurance
Breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance if the insurance company determines it meets medical necessity. Patients who have a documented evidence of neck, back, or shoulder pain, or treatment for rashes beneath the breasts from their primary care physician improve the chances that the insurance company will approve the surgery. Your consultation will assess your physical complaints and analyze your breasts using measurements. The history and physical assessment will be accompanied by a photograph to the insurance company. Normally, the approval process takes from 4 to 8+ weeks.
Scars and Potential Complications
The scars that result from the surgery are an “anchor” or “upside down T” shape for most reductions. Occasionally the horizontal component of the incision can be eliminated for smaller reductions. In general the scars heal well. Hypertrophy, or thickening, of the scars is the most frequent problem but can be treated with various ointments(such as Mederma) or silicone gel sheeting. The most common complication is wound healing problems. This is the result of poor blood flow to the skin therefore losing some of the skin. Usually this is simply a nuisance and heals within 10 to 12 weeks. Patients who smoke are at significantly increased risk for healing problems and I strongly suggest that the patient stop smoking for at least three weeks prior to the surgery.
Patients are returning to the activities of daily life by 10 to 14 days. Pain is rarely a significant problem with breast reduction patients. A support bra is strongly suggested for 6 weeks. Most patients resume exercise by 6 weeks if desired. It will take several months for the edema resolve and the final shape to be assessed. For patients who have additional liposuction of the lateral breast and chest, the discomfort is more significant in the early stages. The recovery may be a bit longer and the final results may take up to 6 months to appreciate.