Are large breasts weighing you down?

Wearing beautiful lace lingerie.

Exercising without 2+ sports bras to “contain the girls.”

Attending that special event in a plunging back dress.

Having shoulders without telltale grooves from bras that just don’t support you enough.

Enjoying time at the beach without feeling self-conscious in a bathing suit.

Does all of this sound like a dream to you??

If so, you are not alone. Well over 100,000 women make the decision to undergo breast reduction in the US every year.

How do I know if I am a good candidate? In general, healthy non-smokers who may suffer from neck, back and shoulder pain, rashes, and shoulder grooving due to large breasts (macromastia) are great candidates.

Does insurance cover this procedure? Sometimes. It often depends on how much tissue is going to be removed, and if other conservative measures have been taken prior to undergoing surgery, to relieve some of the symptoms mentioned above.

What are the risks? The most common risks to most major surgeries in general include bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, and scar. With breast reduction, changes in sensation to the nipple, either becoming less or more sensitive, is one worth noting in particular. Usually this is transient.

How long is the recovery? Many women can go back to work within 2-3 weeks, so long as they refrain from heavy lifting. Light exercise is usually possible after this amount of time. Your final outcome may not be apparent for up to several months, due to swelling and tissue settling.

I’m interested, what do I do now? Go schedule an in-person consultation with a board-eligible/board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. This is the best way to get all the information pertinent to you, and tailor a plan that ensures the best outcome.

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