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Mytien Goldberg, MD, FACS

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Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?

Posted March 12, 2012 in Breast Reduction, Cost

Today’s society is one in which we can never seem to get enough. Everything is bigger, better, faster, and stronger. But what happens when you are blessed with too much of a good thing? While many women desire an increase in breast size, there are those who feel uncomfortable with size of their breasts. If a woman has large breasts, she may be considering breast reduction surgery for many reasons. Aside from feeling more comfortable in their bras and clothing, breast reduction surgery can help alleviate any number of symptoms. Women with large breasts often suffer from chronic back and neck and shoulder pain, chronic rashes and skin irritation under the breasts, deep grooves in the shoulders from bra strap pressure, poor posture and restricted activity, as well as poor self-image due to large breasts. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to help achieve a breast size that’s more proportionate to a woman’s body, as well as helping to alleviate the symptoms associated with overly large breasts.

So who is breast reduction surgery for?

Women of all ages have been known to have breast reduction surgery, even young women in their teens; however it’s strongly recommended that the patient wait until they are past the age of development. If a woman hasn’t started a family yet, or is still in the stages of family planning, it may be best for her to wait until pregnancy isn’t an issue yet, as pregnancy can change breast tissue. Results can be seen immediately, but it’s best to keep in mind that it can take months for the swelling to completely diminish and for the surgical scars to fade. For anyone considering breast reconstruction surgery, consult a Board Certified plastic surgeon. This is a very personalized procedure, and it’s
important to understand everything that breast reduction surgery encompasses, including possible risks and complications, as well as set realistic expectations.

I have insurance. Does that cover any of my procedure costs?

If a patient has a history of chronic conditions, such as back, neck, or shoulder pain, or chronic skin conditions such as rashes or skin irritation in the breast issue, having a breast reduction may be considered medically necessary and is covered by most insurance plans. If approved, this means the patient’s insurance would cover the cost of the surgeon’s fee, as well as the cost of the facility and anesthesiologist. This is something that should be discussed and documented during a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.


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