The goal of the breast reduction procedure is to relieve back and neck pain associated with overly large breasts, as well as result in shapely, attractive breasts. This is a very commonly performed surgery, and many patients regret having waited so long to have the procedure. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr Matthew Camp performs these procedures in Minnetonka, Edina, and Burnsville, MN. Dr Camp discusses the breast reduction procedure in detail on his blog. One of his patients also shares her post-surgery recovery story after a breast reduction.
Improvements from Breast Reduction
Breast reduction provides many patients with both physical and emotional benefits which often include:
- Relief from neck and back pain, chafing, and deep bra strap grooves
- Improved body confidence
- Ability to participate comfortably in high impact activities such as dance, horseback riding, and jogging
- Increased clothing options
- Correction of asymmetric breasts
About Breast Reduction Surgery
This procedure is performed in the outpatient surgery center with the patient asleep under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist. Incisions are made on the lower aspect of the breasts, and excess tissue is removed. The dilated areola is repositioned and reduced in size, and the remaining breast tissue is brought together to result in a perky smaller breast. The resulting scar encircles the areola, goes down the face of the breast, and then along the fold under your breasts. The only obvious scar is the vertical scar from areola to fold. This can be expected to fade over 6-12 months.
What to Expect During Recovery
Sleeping in a recliner or propped up with pillows will help minimize swelling. You can expect to be up and about the day after surgery. Some temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness of the breasts can be expected. A long acting numbing medicine is administered that makes the surgical site numb for approximately three days. The recovery is short, with return to normal activities usually occurring within 14 days.
Nipple sensation changes occur in some patients. If the nipples become very sensitive, this generally resolves in 3 weeks. In the event you have a numb nipple, this may be permanent. Sensation, if it does return, comes back in 6 months.
Some individuals have problematic healing on the bottom pole of the breast. This heals within a few weeks with appropriate care of soap/water and Vaseline twice a day.
Difficulty in breast feeding is possible.
You will have a follow-up appointment approximately 6 to 7 days after surgery.
Return to Work
You will likely be ready to return to work 1 week after breast reduction surgery.
Other Things to Know
You will need to avoid heavy lifting, reaching overhead, and any other strenuous activity for at least a month as directed by your surgeon. Scars will fade gradually from pink to white and numbness will usually go away over several months to a year.
Can you guarantee a cup size?
This is not possible, due to the multiple factors of breast tissue, bone structure and chest width. The breast is generally reduced by 33-50%, and a significant lift is achieved. Depending on where you shop, the breast will range from C-D in most cases.
Will health insurance pay for breast reduction surgery?
In many cases this procedure is covered by insurance. If you are covered by an insurance provider, we will be happy to file documents with your insurance company to help aid in reimbursement should you qualify, regardless of which surgeon you choose. Be aware that you will be responsible for the full fees of your procedure.
How much does breast reduction cost?
The price for breast reduction typically costs $8500 depending on the complexity of the procedure among other factors. We offer financing options to help qualified patients have their surgeries without delay.
What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery?
If you are 40 years or older you should have a mammogram within 6 months prior to the planned procedure.