Large breasts can cause some women to suffer both physical and emotional problems. Overly large breasts make it painful to lead an active life. Many women who seek breast reduction surgery (also called reduction mammoplasty) suffer from back, shoulder, and/or neck pain. Skin irritation under the breast crease is also common as well as indentations over the shoulders from the weight of the breasts on the bra straps. Self image and self consciousness are also factors that are important to patients who seek breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance when medical necessity has been met. You will need to contact your insurance company to determine your benefit coverage as not all companies offer reimbursement for this procedure. If your surgeon feels that this is a medically necessary procedure he will write a letter to your insurance company on your behalf.
Breast reduction is achieved by surgically removing excess fat, tissue and skin. The most common incision pattern is called the “keyhole” approach. The breast is reduced, lifted, and reshaped to the desired size. The nipple/areola complex is repositioned to a higher more youthful location. Sutures are used to secure the deep tissues and either skin sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape is used to close the skin.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Our surgeons operate at the Green Bay Surgical Center and all four of the Green Bay hospitals. The procedure typically takes 2-3 hours.
Patients recover for several hours in the surgical center or hospital prior to discharge. You will need to have a companion drive you home following surgery. You will be given an appointment to follow up with your surgeon a few days after your surgery.
The type of work you perform will determine how soon you can return to your job duties. Allowing enough time to properly recovery is strongly encouraged and varies from patient to patient. Your surgeon will help you decide when it is appropriate to return to normal activities including work.