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Breast Reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, helps millions of women overcome physical and emotional discomfort every year. This procedure was designed to remove excess breast fat, tissue, and skin to achieve a smaller size and natural contour that complements your activity level, comfort, and natural proportions while relieving the discomfort associated with very large breasts.
At North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons are dedicated to your comfort and healthy recovery. You lead the course of your journey, and with the latest technology and techniques available, Drs. Cohen-Kashi and Lin can help you achieve a more comfortable and flattering bust for your body.
Meet The Doctors of North Shore Center For Plastic Surgery
Long Island Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Lawrence Lin and Dr. K. Jacob Cohen-Kashi are Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in Breast Reduction Surgery.
Our doctors are Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and have hospital privileges at the following institutions: North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Syosset Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Plainview Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and ProHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Breast reduction is a good option for you if you:
- Are physically healthy
- Have realistic expectations
- Don’t smoke
- Are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
- Have breasts that limit your physical activity
- Experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
- Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
The risks include:
- Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations, or injectable agents
- Anesthesia risks
- Blood clots
- Breast asymmetry
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Fluid accumulation
- Persistent pain
- Poor wound healing
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Potential inability to breastfeed
- Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Skin discoloration, and permanent pigmentation changes
- Unfavorable scarring
- Scarring within the breast tissue may cause firmness or lumps know as fat necrosis
Your ability to breastfeed following reduction mammaplasty may be limited; talk to your doctor if you are planning to nurse a baby
Changes in the breasts during pregnancy can alter the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery, as can significant weight fluctuations
After your breast reduction procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your breasts following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
- When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover from surgery. The final results of your breast reduction will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent but will continue to fade over time.
The results of your breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. However, your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. You’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you:
- Maintain your weight
- Keep a healthy lifestyle
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Many health insurance plans cover breast reduction surgery. Your plastic surgeon may need to obtain authorization from your insurer for the surgery. This may require a letter and the submission of photographs. Once an authorization is obtained, you will be able to schedule your surgery. You will be responsible for any co-pays or deductible required by your insurer. If your health plan does not cover breast reduction, you may decide to pay for the surgery yourself. If needed we offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
Cost may include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
- Prescriptions for medication
- Surgeon’s fee