Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is the procedure for women which reduces the amount of breast tissue. Women who choose to have breast reduction surgery generally have very large breasts that cause them discomfort. For some, the discomfort is physical: back or neck ache, skin irritation, shoulder pain from the pressure of bra straps, etc. Very large breasts may keep some women from doing the activities they enjoy, such as engaging in athletics. For others, the discomfort is emotional. They may feel uncomfortable due to the appearance of their breasts which are large for their frame. Any of these are valid reasons to consider the surgery.
The mammoplasty procedure removes excess fat, skin, and underlying glandular tissue. There are several different techniques that may be used for the surgery, depending on the patient’s breast composition and desired outcome. Dr. Pollock will discuss the procedure that he recommends with you prior to surgery to ensure that you understand the process and are completely comfortable with it.
Our Approach to Breast Reduction Surgery
The patient’s comfort and safety are of paramount importance to us at North Dallas Plastic Surgery. Our breast reduction procedures are performed using general anesthesia to ensure best results for the patient. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure and therefore does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Most of our patients do not require surgical drains with this surgery. If a drain placed, it is typically removed within 24-hours.
Breast reduction surgery is covered by some health insurance providers, depending on the patient’s coexisting medical conditions. Women who are considering mammoplasty should contact their medical insurance providers to ask if it is a covered procedure and to determine what other steps they should take to determine eligibility under their plan.
If you are suffering with discomfort caused by very large breasts, you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Many of our patients find that the procedure relieves pain, improves their posture, makes clothing fit better, and allows them to participate in activities that they thought they would never be able to enjoy. If you would like to learn more about mammoplasty, contact our office for a consultation.