You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you have large, dense, heavy breasts, which may cause back, neck and shoulder pain, poor posture, bra strap groves on your shoulders and chafing under the breasts. You may also desire this procedure if you have excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness and self confidence. If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise, a breast reduction may be helpful.
Breast Reduction is intended to give you a more attractive contour and smaller breast size as well as freedom from health problems associated with excessively large breasts. Improved self image may also be a result of the Breast Reduction surgery. It is a popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area.
Breast reduction is done under general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital as a same day surgery. Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple areolar complex) and extend vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. The nipple areolar complex is moved upward to the desired location, and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.
The incisions are covered with light dressings, and the breasts are placed in a compression bra for 48 hours. After 48 hours you may shower and change into a support bra that is worn for 6 weeks. This bra helps to contour the breast during initial healing. Initial discomfort subsides over the first few days and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade in 6 to 12 months.
An additional procedure available in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area, which would enhance the result, is liposuction of the axillary area and lateral chest wall (sides) to reduce excess fat deposits.
Breast Reduction is sometimes covered by insurance. However, insurance criteria are becoming more and more restrictive. If Dr. Lynch feels you may be a candidate for insurance coverage, you will leave your consultation with a letter and photos in hand to mail to your insurance company. Dr. Lynch’s staff is available to assist you in obtaining pre-authorization. If the procedure is considered cosmetic, you will receive a quote for out of pocket costs including, anesthesia, facility and surgeon fees.
The specific risks and the suitability of a breast reduction for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. Find out more about this popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area by calling Dr. Lynch.