What are the risks and complications involved with having reduction breast reduction?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the chances of complications. For breast reduction, particular risks include nipple numbness, loss of part or all of the nipple and/or areola, and delayed healing of the incisions.
Will I lose sensation in my nipples?
Some patients may experience some loss of feeling in their nipples. The feeling usually returns, although permanent numbness is possible.
What is the ideal age to have breast reduction?
Normally, women wait until their breasts are fully developed before they have this procedure.
What shape, size, and incision is recommended?
Dr. Weniger will discuss these details with you during your consultation. It is normally a function of the woman’s anatomy and the doctor’s recommendation that determine type of incision pattern. For large breast reductions, a classic “anchor” or “inverted-T” reduction is often used, but for some patients a vertical reduction (without the horizontal scar in the crease under the breast) may be possible.
How will my breasts look over time?
Your breasts will look uplifted and smaller. It may take several months before the final shape is determined.
Will my breasts ever return to their original size after the reduction?
Except for the unusual case of massive breast overgrowth for hormonal reasons during puberty, there is no growth of the breasts after breast reduction.
Will I need a mammogram?
Because the size, shape and amount of breast tissue will change after the reduction, it is advisable to have a preoperative mammogram and a postoperative mammogram six months to a year after surgery for comparison purposes.
Will insurance cover the operation?
Most insurance companies will pay for breast reduction if it’s deemed medically necessary. These companies may require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed to qualify for coverage.