JANIGA MDs

Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center

Breast Reduction: Save Your Back

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Breast Reduction: Save Your Back

A breast reduction or a boob reduction is more officially called a reduction mammaplasty. When a reduction mammaplasty is performed excess breast tissue and skin is removed and the breast is recontoured to achieve a breast size and shape that is more proportional with your body.

Why Reduce?

Many women who have large breasts suffer from upper neck and back pain, bra-strap grooving, rashes underneath their breasts, difficulty finding bras and clothes, and have limitations with physical activities due to the large size of their breasts.

In addition to having physical concerns, overly large breasts can cause emotional and psychological problems that greatly affects a women’s self-image. The self-consciousness associated with large breasts can be as important an issue to many women as the physical pain and discomfort.

Will I be Satisfied with Smaller Breasts?

Fortunately, breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of all operations that plastic surgeons perform. This is most likely related to both the physical and psychological benefits that can be obtained from this surgery.

Do I Need a Breast Reduction?

You may be a good candidate for a breast reduction if you experience neck, back, and shoulder pain due to the weight of your breasts; have indentations from your bra straps; have skin rashes underneath your breasts; are bothered by the large size of your breasts; and are physically healthy and don’t smoke.

What is the Process?

At your consultation with Dr. Janiga he will discuss your medical history and perform an examination and then will review the different options available for your surgery in order to meet your goals and expectations. Dr. Janiga will draw out the incisions that will be used for operation so that you can best understand exactly where the scars will be and he will review pictures of other patient’s who have had breast reductions.

The operation will typically take about two hours to perform and is an outpatient procedure. One drain is usually placed in each breast and will typically be removed 3-5 days later. Insurance will sometimes pay for the operation depending on your overall breast size and the symptoms that you are experiencing due to your large breasts.

Will my Insurance Cover the Procedure?

If your insurance will not pay for the operation Dr. Janiga’s medical staff will discuss the costs associated with the procedure. The results of your surgery will be long-lasting and should help relieve both the physical and psychological symptoms that you are having from large breasts.

It is important to discuss with Dr. Janiga if you plan to get pregnant and breast-feed or are planning to lose significant amounts of weight as this can ultimately affect your results.