Breast Reduction

For women with large breasts, it is common to experience back, neck, or shoulder pain as well as other issues including poor posture, difficulty finding properly-fitting clothing, and difficulty exercising. Some women may even face breathing problems, skin chafing, or other significant issues. In addition to these physical symptoms, many women simply feel self-conscious about the appearance of their large breasts, believing they contribute to an imbalance or disproportionate look. For these women, a breast reduction surgery can be a great option.

Breast reductions are performed to create a smaller, proportionate breast that still appears natural. In Lewisburg, PA, patients can turn to Lewisburg Plastic Surgery for quality breast reduction surgery.



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How is a breast reduction performed?

Breast reductions are performed as outpatient procedures under general anesthesia. First, incisions are made around the areola and vertically to the breast crease. The plastic surgeon will then reposition the areola and nipple for the desired appearance. Through the incisions, excess fat and breast tissue can then be removed and the remaining tissues are repositioned for a flattering and natural appearance. In some cases, liposuction is also used to further reduce fat, especially below the armpit area to enhance a flattering result.

Recovery after a breast reduction

Following a breast reduction, incisions are covered with light dressings and a surgical bra should be worn. This reduces discomfort and maintains a symmetrical position as the breasts heal. Some discomfort can be expected, and may be treated using oral medication as directed by your plastic surgeon. Most patients require about a week to two weeks of downtime and can return to all activities, including exercise, within about three weeks of the surgery.

Following breast reduction, some patients may experience a loss of sensation or the ability to breastfeed. These concerns can be discussed with your plastic surgeon during a consultation. If you plan to have children after the procedure, our surgeons still encourage women to attempt to breastfeed if they wish to do so.

Scars typically begin to fade about 6-12 months after a breast reduction surgery. Scar minimizing procedures or strategies can be discussed with your plastic surgeon during a consultation.

Breast Reduction Insurance Guidelines

Most health insurance plans will cover breast reduction surgeries if certain stipulations are met. This includes documented pain or other issues due to large or heavy breasts. In many cases, insurance providers require that patients attempt other methods to resolve pain, such as physical therapy, prior to surgery. Most health insurance companies also require that a certain amount of tissue be removed through the procedure in order to qualify for coverage—in most cases, patients with a D cup or larger will qualify. As insurance coverage varies, patients are encouraged to reach out to their provider prior to surgery for pre-approval.

In cases where insurance does not cover the procedure, Lewisburg Plastic Surgery offers more affordable alternatives. Because our procedures are performed at a dedicated surgery center rather than a hospital, the surgery is overall more affordable through Lewisburg Plastic Surgery. Options for self-payment can be discussed during your consultation, including financing plans.

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