Common Questions About Breast Reduction Surgery Answered
During breast reduction surgery, excess skin and tissue are removed to achieve a smaller breast size for women, which can result in a size more proportionate to her body and alleviate any physical discomfort associated with large breasts. Women considering breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, are usually new to this procedure and the life-changing results it can provide. Prospective patients in the Long Island area can schedule a breast reduction consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about the many benefits this procedure can provide.
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY want to share their expertise and answer some of the common questions asked by women when it comes to preparing for their breast reduction procedure.
Are you considering breast reduction?
Breast reduction is a life-altering surgery that can provide both emotional and physical benefits to a patient. Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev perform breast reductions for both cosmetic and functional needs, but the majority of women considering this surgery want a smaller profile and a reduction in the physical and emotional symptoms that may come with having large breasts. Overly large breasts can cause back and neck pain, physical limitations, emotional distress, and other problems.
Does insurance ever cover breast reductions?
A breast reduction is one of the few plastic surgery procedures that can be covered by insurance. Large breasts are dense and heavy, and over time, can cause chronic neck, back, or shoulder pain. The first step is to document all your symptoms related to your breasts. With proper information and documentation, most insurance companies will cover surgical costs for a reduction mammoplasty. Other health issues that may accompany enlarged breasts:
Shortness of breath due to the weight of large breasts
Dermatological problems such as skin rashes or sores under the breasts
Painful grooves in the shoulders from bra straps
Difficulty being active or exercising
Persistent pain in the shoulders, neck, back, and joints
Numbness in the chest or breast area due to heavy, dense breasts
Emotional stress due to low self-esteem or poor body image
Most insurance companies will require documented reports from specialists such as a chiropractor, physical therapist, or orthopedist. Also, keep in mind that most insurance providers typically need 6 – 12 months of documented symptoms to consider full coverage for a breast reduction. If you have further questions regarding insurance, the professional staff at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can help.
Will I need a breast lift?
A breast lift is typically necessary with a reduction mammoplasty to give patients optimal results. When the underlying fat and tissue are removed to make a woman's breasts smaller, this will highlight any breast sagging or ptosis. A reduction changes the size, while a lift does the reshaping, so breasts are at a higher position on the chest for the best results. The good news is that a breast lift is performed at the same time as breast reduction, allowing patients one recovery period. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will determine if a patient needs a breast lift to reduce any additional sagging and get a higher, more youthful-looking outcome.
What size will I be after breast reduction surgery?
When women are considering a breast reduction, they want to know what size they will be after surgery. Typically, patients go down one or two cup sizes with this procedure. The amount of excess breast tissue and fat that is extracted varies by patient. It depends on what size a woman is before surgery and the composition of her breasts. Some women have very dense breasts and will need more tissue and fat removed to obtain their desired results. The expert surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will determine the best surgical plan and give their professional opinion on a recommended reduction size, so a woman's breasts are more proportionate to her body.
Long Island, NY women struggling with physical or emotional distress due to their large breasts should seek professional advice from Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY. Ideal candidates are healthy, non-smoking women who can maintain a stable weight following breast reduction surgery. During a private consultation, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will listen to each patient's concerns and do a thorough examination to determine the best surgical plan.
If you live in the Long Island area and have additional questions about breast reduction, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery today. Our board-certified plastic surgeons provide the highest standard of care and offer the latest surgical techniques to their patients. Whether you have insurance questions or want to find out if you are the right candidate for a breast reduction, let the surgical experts and professional staff at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery help you begin your life-changing journey.