New Breast Reduction Surgery
Gives Large Breasted Women A New Perspective on Body Image
Why on earth would any woman want to reduce the size of her breasts? In a society where women hear about the, "breast obsession in America" why would some women want smaller breasts. One of the most popular breast procedures in the USA is breast augmentation to enlarge the breast size. Isn't bigger better? Bigger breasts are not always better, according to some women suffering physically and emotionally because of their huge breasts.
Reasons for Breast Reduction Surgery
Here are the some of the reasons women are seeking breast reductions. Abnormally large breasts cause, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, skeletal issues and potentially other health problems. Large breasts make it difficult to exercise, buy bras, and find clothing that fits properly. Women with enormous pendulous breasts can't go braless or wear most of the cute summer fashions or strapless gowns.
Most naturally large breasts droop due to their weight and size giving the breasts an unattractive appearance. For women wanting to feel better and look better about their breast, breast reduction surgery can help them achieve these goals.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Would you like significantly smaller breasts? Here are some basic questions you should ask yourself before considering breast reduction surgery.
- Do my large breasts restrict any physical activity?
- Do my large breasts cause major physical discomfort?
- Am I self conscious about the large size of my breasts?
- Would I like my breasts to be able to fit comfortably in clothing?
- Would I like to have smaller perkier breasts?
If you answered, "yes" to one or more of these questions you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery.
Age may be a factor for some big breasted women seeking breast reductions. Generally, this procedure is not performed until the patients breasts are fully developed and are not going to grow any more. In very extreme cases of some women with gigantic breasts their surgery may be performed earlier if the breast size is causing serious physical and or mental discomfort. A factor younger patients may wish to consider is that they may not be able to breast feed after a breast reduction.
Latest Breast Reduction Techniques
Goodbye Old Inverted T Reduction Scars
In the past many younger patients did not consider breast reduction surgery because of all the scarring involved. Scarring is permanent. And Dr. Corbin's philosophy is "the less scaring on the breasts the better for the patient". Dr. Corbin is doing advanced breast reduction techniques called circum vertical breast reduction or Spair breast reduction. Instead of the older inverted T breast reduction with the huge scars on the breasts, Dr. Corbin limits the smaller scars to around the nipple and a short scar down the breast. Not only does this advanced surgery technique leave the patient with prettier breasts because they don't have long scars along the length of the breast crease it also helps the patients have a quicker recovery because the body has much less scarring to heal. In addition the potential for poor wound healing is also decreased.
For some patients with fatty breasts and good nipple placement that is high on the breasts liposuction may be a good way to reduce the size of a naturally large breast. A small incision is placed on the nipple areolar and through a small lipo cannula extra fat that makes up the majority of the breast is removed. This surgery is not recommended for younger women or women who have dense firm breasts. Lipo breast reduction is also not recommended on women seeking a major decrease in breast size or on women whose nipples are below the inframammary crease. The lipo breast reduction will decrease the overall size of the breasts, but it will not significantly improve the shape or change the nipple location. Only a circum vertical breast reduction can achieve major shape improvements to the breasts.
With any major surgery there is always a small potential for complications to occur. Some known risks of breast reduction surgery are, bleeding, infection, sensory changes, reaction to anesthesia, aggressive scarring, or poor wound healing.
So you feel you want smaller perkier breasts and less pain in the neck, back and shoulders? The first step is booking your personal evaluation and consultation. At this appointment Dr. Corbin will asses your individual needs and discuss the reduction mammoplasty procedure in detail, making sure to educate you on all the risks and variables included like your expectations, natural anatomy, recovery and to answer any questions and concerns you may have. If you are trying to book your surgery using your health insurance Dr. Corbin may take photos to submit to your insurance carrier for their evaluation and approval for breast reduction surgery. (Click here to book your consultation)
Insurance or Cash Fee
Some insurance companies will pay for reduction mammoplasty if it is medically necessary. The guidelines for some of the Insurance companies can be very specific requiring a minimum amount of breast tissue be removed by the plastic surgeon in order for them to approve and pay for the breast reduction surgery. Aetna PPO which is one of the insurance providers Dr. Corbin accepts requires a minimum of 1000 CC's of breast tissue be removed from the breasts. This is a major size decrease for a reduction patient.
Some insurance companies evaluate the patients BMI (Body Mass Index) and if it is too high they may request the patient to lose weight before they consider paying for their breast reduction surgery. Most women, who lose weight, lose weight in their breasts decreasing their size naturally without invasive surgery.
Most patients interested in breast reduction surgery want to reduce, reshape and lift their breasts, but they still want to have curvaceous breasts. Each insurance company's reduction mammoplasty criteria is different and Dr. Corbin must abide by their minimum tissue removal rules. The insurance companies guidelines are set up to avoid paying for cosmetic changes only to the breasts and reserved for the women who physically need therapeutic surgery to reduce their breast size because of the physical pain caused by the weight of the breasts.
For Breast reduction surgery Dr. Corbin accepts PPO insurance . If you have questions on whether Dr. Corbin accepts your insurance click here: Alice@TheBreastExpert.com
Some patients don't have health insurance or their claim has been denied by their provider. This does not mean that they can not have their surgery it just means they have to finance it themselves. In this case the patient would be considered a cash patient and they would pay for their own surgery. In some cases this works out better for the patient because then they are in control of how much breast tissue they want Dr. Corbin to remove. Many breast reduction patients decide to pay for their own surgeries using charge cards or cosmetic surgery financing. Instead of paying for the surgery in one lump payment you can make smaller manageable payments to the finance company over time. If you have questions regarding financing your surgery please contact Dee2@thebreastexpert.com
Pre Surgery Preparation
Depending on the patient's age and general health, Dr. Corbin generally recommends a mammogram prior to surgery. If you are over 40 or have a history of heart problems you will have to get an EKG done before surgery. General blood work and a pregnancy test will be taken to confirm that you are in good health and physically ready for an elective procedure. If you are a smoker you will be asked to quit at least one month before surgery as well as after your surgery to avoid wound healing complications. Two weeks before your breast reduction surgery you will be asked to stop taking aspirin or anything that contains aspirin. If you are taking weight loss medication or herbs they will be assessed at your pre op appointment to see if they too need to be discontinued before surgery. For the safest and best surgical results inform Dr. Corbin and his staff as much about your lifestyle, habits and medications as you can.
Also, at your pre operative appointment you will sign your surgery consents and go over any questions or concerns you may have. You will be given your prescriptions for pain medication, antibiotics, and anti nausea. You will be educated on pre op protocol as well as post op protocol. The more informed you are as a patient on all aspects of your surgery the better you will be as a patient and the less anxious you may feel. Knowledge is power and we want to empower you as our patient.
On the day of your surgery you will arrive at the accredited surgery center or hospital. Bring or wear an outfit that does up in the front and is easy for the nurses to get you into after surgery. Do not wear a shirt or top that pulls over your head. Wear comfortable shoes that slip on and off with no heals.
Before your surgery Dr. Corbin will mark you for surgery with a skin marker used to draw the breast reduction pattern he will be using on your breasts. He will also take before photos of you for your medical records. If you have any last minute questions this is the time to ask them before your surgery.
Before your surgical procedure your nurse will have you fill out your anesthesia consents and she will answer any additional post operative care questions you may have. Your Anesthesiologist M.D. will meet with you to discuss your lab work, general medical health, habits, medications, previous anesthesia in the past and the type of anesthesia he or she is going to use to keep you comfortable and safe during your breast reduction. Most breast reduction surgeries are performed using general anesthesia.
Breast reduction surgery usually takes between two to four hours depending on the size of the reduction. Larger reductions may take longer. Dr. Corbin is also very particular about trying to achieve a symmetrical pair of smaller, perkier breasts. On some women who have much size and shape differences between their breasts their surgery may also take longer to try and match the size and shape of both breasts as much as possible. Dr. Corbin's years of experience and surgical expertise are a real advantage for his patients.
The advanced breast reduction surgeries Dr. Corbin performs are technically more difficult for the plastic surgeon, but achieve prettier results for his patients. He is a gifted plastic surgeon who puts his heart into every surgery he performs achieving beautiful breast results that women are proud of.
With any major surgery you can expect some discomfort following surgery. Generally, the first day is the most uncomfortable and each day the pain lessens. You may be wrapped tightly with compression elastic around the breasts to hold everything in place and to reduce the risk of bleeding. The wrap may be removed after the first 24 hours. The nurse will call you the day after your surgery to advise you. You may have some bruising and swelling after your breast reduction, but this will subside over time.
Usually patients are up and walking around the house in a couple of days. Try and limit your activities and plan on not returning to work for at least one week minimum to two weeks. The recommended time off work varies depending on the type of work you do.
You will notice each day gets better and better thought you may still experience some minor discomfort for a couple of weeks as the body heals. Initially, some patients experience a loss of feeling or a decrease in sensation of their nipples. This usually improves with time, but in a small number of women it may last longer or be permanent.
The results of breast reduction surgery are permanent but can be altered by gravity, weight gain, aging and pregnancy. It is our experience that Breast reduction surgery improves the quality of women's lives by removing physical pain and restrictions. Improving the size and shape of women's breasts gives them a new positive body image and confidence. Click here to read a Spair breast reductions testimonial