A breast reduction is one of the most satisfying procedures for women with excessively large breasts causing neck, shoulder, or back pain. When large breasts interfere with a woman’s quality of life, this procedure may often be covered by insurance companies. Patients who undergo breast reductions are among the happiest of all plastic surgery patients.
As both a woman and a plastic surgeon, Dr. Parcells is distinctively qualified to address your concerns and tailor her technique to achieve your desired results.
1. Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
This operation is great for women who have great skin tone and texture, but who are looking to get rid of stubborn areas of fat in the abdomen, thighs, flanks, back, and arms.
2. How much breast tissue is removed?
This decision is made between you and Dr. Parcells and is based on your anatomy and your desired results. Some insurance companies require a certain amount of breast tissue to be removed.
3. How long does the surgery take? How long is the recovery?
On average, this surgery can take 4-5 hours. Most patients elect to have a numbing block in the recovery room which greatly improves discomfort and allows you to go home home the same day as your surgery. Most experience mild to moderate discomfort for several days following surgery, and are back to their activities of daily living by about a week. Patients are in special bras to assist in shaping for several weeks after the procedure.
4. Where is the scar?
For most patients, there is a scar around your areola, extending down to the bottom and along the bottom of your breast, in the shape of an anchor.