Breast reduction is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue, tightens the skin, reduces the nipple areola complex and raises it up to a more desired position.
Patients that suffer from upper back pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, neck pain, and rashes underneath their breasts are good candidates for a breast reduction. Due to the improvement in physical health many patients experience, insurance companies will often cover a breast reduction surgery. Documentation of non-surgical treatments must be provided including physical therapy, chiropractic, and primary care provider notes. SIH Medical Group Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery will help coordinate obtaining the right documentation to submit to your insurance company by working with you and your primary care provider.
There are various types of incision approaches used to reduce the size of the breast. You and your doctor can discuss which one is best for you.
Breast reduction surgery is meant for women who have large breasts and want to resolve issues such as:
- Low-hanging breasts and stretched skin
- Chronic upper back, neck and shoulder pain
- Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
- Deep grooves in the shoulders
- Poor posture
- Restricted activity
- Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing