Excessive breast enlargement, also known as macromastia, is a condition which affects many women. Neck, shoulder, back and breast pain, ‘grooving’ occurring in the shoulders from breast weight on bra straps and recurrent infections or irritation occurring in the folds beneath the breasts are just some of the symptoms that may result from breast enlargement. Some women may experience debilitating self-consciousness and embarrassment and wear bulky, loose-fitting blouses and sweat shirts to conceal their breast size. Still other women suffer from a limited exercise capacity and may even note difficulty with routine daily activities associated with breast enlargement. Regardless of the particular symptoms, these women will universally benefit from Breast Reduction Surgery (or Reduction Mammoplasty).
By removing excess breast tissue and skin in proper proportions, breast reduction surgery allows precise reestablishment of appropriate breast position, creating breasts which are smaller, firmer, uplifted and in enhanced proportion to the remainder of the body. Additionally, when appropriate, the areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) can also be reduced in size and repositioned. Performed under general anesthesia in a State Licensed, Nationally Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (see ‘about Keystone Surgery Center’), breast reduction surgery lasts approximately 3 hours and women are able to return home afterwards. Small drains placed at the time of surgery are removed 2-3 days later in the office and most women return to work in 1-2 weeks. Routine screening mammography may be resumed at about 6 months following this surgery.
Because breast reduction surgery is generally performed to relieve debilitating symptoms, it is considered ‘reconstructive’ in nature and therefore, may be a ‘covered’ procedure by most health insurance plans. However, criteria for coverage vary widely, usually require a formal written request letter (known as a ‘preauthorization letter’) and are generally contingent upon the removal of a certain critical minimum volume of breast tissue to be valid.
When considering breast reduction surgery, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle with a new sense of freedom in exercise capacity and clothing selection.