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The Transformative Benefits of Custom Breast Reduction

Oversized breasts can be a problem for women, both in comfort and appearance. Overly large and unbalanced breasts can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as lead to issues with self-image. Our skilled plastic surgeons, Dr. James Romanelli, Dr. John Layliev, and Dr. Yee Cheng Low have helped countless women in Long Island live happier, more active lifestyles after a custom breast reduction in Long Island NY

Breast reduction surgery reduces excess fat, tissue, and skin to reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. It also reduces the size of the areola and raises the nipples to be centered on the newly-shaped breast mound. In many situations, medical insurance covers the cost of breast reduction surgery.

Breast reduction and health insurance

At North Shore Cosmetic Surgery, we have great success in getting approval from health insurance providers for out-of-network coverage. We put together an approval packet and submit it to your insurance company. If needed, we can facilitate evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, chiropractor, or physical therapist for additional documentation about the discomfort or physical problems associated with overly-large breasts.

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Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery

If you have heavy, overly large breasts that get in the way of everyday life, breast reduction surgery may be what you need to live a happier life. Breast reduction is a suitable procedure for women who cannot live a fulfilled and active life due to being hindered by breast size.

If you suffer from skin issues such as rashes, or neck or back pain, breast reduction surgery can significantly improve your quality of life. You must be at a healthy weight and ensure you undergo your breast reduction surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a reputation for excellence.

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Why choose North Shore Cosmetic Surgery for your breast reduction?

Dr. Romanelli is a leader in his field and serves as Chief of Staff at Huntington Hospital-Northwell Health. He educates young surgeons as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell.

Dr. John Layliev is an award-winning, double-board certified plastic surgeon who is exceptionally well-versed in the latest techniques and technologies. He is committed to providing unparalleled personal service and care, making us the choice for discerning women seeking breast reduction in Long Island and beyond.

Dr. Yee Cheng Low is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who performs breast augmentations and lifts, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, rhinoplasties, face and neck lifts, eyelid surgery, and breast reconstruction following mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer, amongst many other procedures. He also employs nonsurgical treatments to rejuvenate the aging face and correct asymmetries.

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What is the surgical technique for breast reduction?

Depending on your insurance coverage, the procedure may be performed at our office surgical facility or at the surgical pavilion of Huntington Hospital. Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient treatment and is performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery depends on several factors, including the degree of reduction. The areola and nipple repositioning takes time, and we never rush the surgery – we want to achieve a lovely, natural result.  At your initial consultation, we can discuss scars and what to expect. As tissues must be removed and reshaped during your breast reduction surgery, surgical scars will occur. However, we place the incisions so that any scars are invisible when wearing low-cut tops, dresses, swimsuits, or bras, and the scars fade over time.  

Based on the complexity of the size and level of the reduction, the incision may be placed around the areola, combined with a vertical line down the center of the lower breast, or an inverted-T incision may be used. Excess breast fat and tissue is reduced, and the remaining tissues reshaped and tightened.

What to expect from breast reduction surgery?

After your breast reduction sugery is completed, you will be monitored closely in our private recovery room and then released home to begin the healing process. A compression bra will be provided for a few days to improve blood circulation to the breasts during the first phase of recovery. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected and can be easily managed with prescribed pain medication. Ensure you have plenty of time to rest and heal at home.

You may shower 48 hours after your procedure. Our surgeons will advise you to avoid activities that require you to bend over or reach above your head or lift anything heavy, including children and pets. Most stitches placed during a breast reduction dissolve on their own, and others will be removed 7 to 10 days after surgery. Nipple sensitivity or numbness is common, but sensation usually returns over the next several months. You will also need to continue wearing a surgical bra for up to 6 weeks.

Over the first few months after surgery, your breasts will settle, and the after-surgery effects will dissipate. The majority of our patients at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery say they feel weightless, lighter, and far more self-assured. Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy the clothes you have always wanted and feel confident in your new look. Remember that maintaining a healthy weight will keep you looking your best.

What are the benefits of breast reduction?

  • Helps reduce chronic shoulder, back and neck pain
  • Relieves chafing and irritation
  • Helps create a proportionate, shapely physique
  • Leads to a more youthful-looking bust
  • Enhances stamina and energy
  • Makes it possible to enjoy sports and other physical activities
  • Improves posture
  • Maximizes a positive self-image
  • Corrects downward-turned nipples
  • Improves wardrobe choices
  • Long-lasting outcome
  • Natural-looking results

Smaller breasts, happier life with breast reduction surgery

Our Long Island plastic surgeons have helped countless women to feel more confident in body, mind, and spirit and lead a fuller lifestyle with breast reduction surgery. During the consultation at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery, we will discuss all the alternatives and craft a customized treatment plan to achieve your vision for your body. We invite you to call our office to learn more about this outstanding breast reduction in Long Island.

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Breast Reduction FAQ

Does insurance cover breast reduction?

Some insurance companies tend to classify breast reduction as “cosmetic” although anyone struggling with chronic pain related to their oversized breasts will probably say that aesthetics are among the least of their concerns. There is the potential to get your breast reduction classified as a reconstructive reduction mammaplasty, but you will need to carefully document the health issues causing you to seek medical treatment. For instance, if you can secure recommendations for a breast reduction from your chiropractor and dermatologist, it will help build your case that the procedure is medically necessary.

Are there risks associated with breast reduction surgery?

While all surgeries come with risks, our team will do everything possible to minimize the potential for complications by using conservative, strategic techniques. Some potential risks with breast reduction surgery include anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, poor wound healing, loss of sensation in the nipples, and the possibility that you may not be able to breastfeed. We discuss the risks of surgery in more detail during your private consultation.

Will I still be able to breastfeed after a breast reduction?

If nursing after a breast reduction is a concern for you, make sure you discuss this with your doctor during your consultation. Your surgeon can use certain techniques – such as keeping the nipple-areola complex attached – to help minimize the risk of not being able to breastfeed after surgery.

Is breast reduction painful?

Each person has a different experience of pain, but most clients report that their discomfort is well controlled with prescribed pain medications and ample rest. For many clients, the pain associated with surgery is much less than the chronic shoulder, neck and back pain caused by oversized breasts.

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