Breast Reduction in Worcester, MA
Extremely large and pendulous breasts may cause such problems as back, neck, or shoulder pain, and many women feel self-conscious of their extremely large breast size. Fortunately, breast reduction is a viable option and available through Salisbury Plastic Surgery led by board-certified plastic surgery specialist Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, and serving residents of Worcester and the surrounding communities in Massachusetts.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that permanently reduces the size, weight, and volume of one or both breasts. Breast reduction may also reshape the breasts. However, it should be noted that breast reduction surgery does not correct or prevent sagging.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Excessively large breasts may impact a woman’s self-confidence, as well as cause uncomfortable side effects, such as pain in the back, neck or shoulders, and even a condition known as thoracic kyphosis that affects the spine causing pain and difficulty breathing. Breast reduction surgery alleviates these conditions and enhances a woman’s appearance with breasts that are more proportionate to her overall figure.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
There are many reasons why you might want to consider breast reduction, a safe procedure for most women who are in overall good health. This procedure may be the perfect solution for you if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Your breasts are extremely large and disproportionate to your figure.
- Your breasts are so large that they hinder your physical activity.
- The size of your breasts makes you feel self-conscious or embarrassed.
- The weight of your breasts is causing you to experience neck, shoulder, or back pain.
- You experience regular chafing or rashes underneath your breasts.
- You have one breast that is much larger than the other.
How is a Breast Reduction Performed?
Each breast reduction procedure is tailored to the individual and depends on your figure, lifestyle, and goals. Most procedures require between one and three small incisions through which the doctor removes excess fat and skin. The doctor will also move the nipple and areola to a higher position, and reduce the size of the areola.
Does Breast Reduction Require Removal of the Nipple?
Basically, a breast reduction combines partial removal of breast tissue with a breast lift. In most breast reduction procedures, the nipple is not removed and retains its natural blood supply. The nipple may be moved to a higher position and the skin around the breasts tightened.
Are the Results of a Breast Reduction Permanent?
Breast reduction is considered permanent. However, factors such as weight gain, pregnancy, other hormonal changes, and even the aging process may affect the size and shape of your breasts over time.
Recovering from Breast Reduction Surgery
Most patients experience some mild discomfort for the first three days to a week, after which dressings are typically removed, and patients may return to work and non-strenuous activity. Three weeks following surgery, most of the swelling and discomfort will subside, and patients can go back to their normal daily activity, including non-strenuous exercise. After two to three months, the breasts settle into their new shape and scars begin to fade.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Worcester?
Every procedure is individualized, and prices vary from patient to patient. In some cases, health insurance providers may cover breast reduction when indicated as a treatment for medical or structural conditions. When performed for strictly cosmetic reasons, it is usually not covered by insurance carriers. Nonetheless, Salisbury Plastic Surgery offers financing and flexible payment options to accommodate all of our patients.
If your overly large breasts impair your comfort, activity, or self-confidence, a breast reduction procedure may solve the problem. At Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom provides breast reduction surgery for residents of Shrewsbury and the surrounding communities in Massachusetts. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.