Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts and create an improved breast shape and form. Large breasts can cause pain to the breasts, back, shoulders, and neck. Some patients may experience problems with posture including shoulder grooves from bra straps or skin discomfort.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue, excess skin, and reshapes the breasts to be in better proportion to the rest of your body. During the process, the nipple which is droopy on a large breast is elevated to a new, more aesthetic position on the breast mound. Some liposuction of the chest next to the breasts may be performed at the same time to improve the resulting shape of the new breast.
Although you can expect relief from your symptoms with a breast reduction, many insurance plans will only cover the procedure if you are not overweight (BMI <= 26) and will have more than 2 pounds of tissue removed. Some carriers have even more stringent requirements. We have plenty of happy patients turned down by their insurance who had the procedure on their own with CARE and benefited just as much. Dr. Coan located in Cary, NC is an expert in breast reduction. Give us a call today at CARE to learn more about your surgery with us.
When can I sleep without a bra after breast reduction?
We advise our patients to wear their compression bra for 6 weeks following surgery. After this time frame, patients may sleep without a bra. However, we do encourage patients to wear adequate support on a day-to-day basis.
Does weight gain increase breast size?
Weight fluctuations can result in changes in a patient’s breast size. We encourage our patients to be within 10 pounds of their ideal weight prior to surgery so as to provide the most accurate assessment for their size and proportions.