Breast reduction is often performed for physical relief, rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Women with very large breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight, including back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems. In addition, very large breasts may make a woman feel very self-conscious. However, this procedure is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed.
Although techniques vary, the most common surgical technique involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward and follows the natural curve of the breast. The surgeon removes the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. The surgeon then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast.
Insurance requirements for coverage vary with insurance providers. We can discuss those requirements during your initial visit.