Breast Reduction Specialist

Advanced Plastic Surgery Center

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons located in DC area, Arlington, VA

If you feel like your breasts get in the way or are so large and heavy that they cause back pain, talk to the team of expert plastic surgeons at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Arlington, Virginia. The experienced surgeons offer customizable breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of your breasts and give you the bust and profile you’ve always wanted. Call Advanced Plastic Surgery Center or schedule a consultation online today.

Breast Reduction Q & A

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure to decrease the size of oversized breasts. If your breasts are too large, they can cause problems ranging from self-image issues to neck and back pain, skin rashes, and infections. They can get in the way of many physical activities that can help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Additionally, you might not be happy with the appearance of your breasts.

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery usually takes 3-4 hours. While you’re under general anesthesia, your surgeon makes an anchor-shaped incision across the underside of your breast and up to your nipple. If they need to reposition or reshape your nipple, they may also cut around your nipple. 

After your surgeon removes breast tissue, fat, and extra skin, they reshape your breast tissue and reposition your nipples. Then they place small drainage tubes, close the incisions with sutures, and apply a compression wrap. 

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What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home to recover after your anesthesia wears off, and your surgeon reviews your aftercare instructions. You may have some soreness and swelling, but these symptoms are typical after surgery and subside within a few days. Your surgeon can usually remove the drainage tubes after 2-3 days, and they remove your sutures after two weeks. 

You wear a surgical bra for a few weeks after your surgery until any swelling and bruising subside. Most patients say that breast reduction surgery helps them feel lighter, more self-assured, and confident in their appearance. 

Does insurance ever cover breast reduction surgery?

Insurance companies may sometimes cover breast reduction surgery if you have a medical history of problems caused by your breasts and have a medical necessity for coverage. 

For example, if you’ve been treated for back pain or have chronic skin or soft tissue infections due to the size of your breasts, and a record of medical care as evidence, your insurance plan might agree that breast reduction surgery is necessary. Every insurance company is different, so talk to your insurance provider about your needs.

Call Advanced Plastic Surgery Center or make an appointment online today to learn more about breast reduction surgery and if it’s right for you.

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