Breast Reduction 101: What You Need to Know
Having disproportionately large or heavy breasts can be a burden, especially on your back and neck. Breast reduction surgery has always been in the back of your mind, but there are just so many factors to consider before committing to plastic surgery.
Your Breasts Won’t Be a Pain in the Neck Anymore
The sheer weight and volume of disproportionately large breasts can wreak havoc on your neck, shoulders and back, causing thoracic kyphosis. This alters the spine and can become very painful, even making it difficult to breathe at times. Undergoing breast reduction, or breast enhancement, surgery can lighten the load, alleviating the pain in your neck, shoulders and spine.
What to expect during the surgery
While your surgery is going to be completely customized to your needs and desired results, there are a few things you can expect when going under the knife. Typically, local anesthesia and general anesthesia are used to numb the area and prevent you from going through any discomfort. It’s common for the doctor to make an incision around the areola, underneath the breast and horizontally under the breast in an upside-down “T” shape.
Recovery: The First Week
When waking up from the surgery, you’ll likely be wearing elastic bandages over your dressings. Dr. Pollack doesn’t use surgical drains for this procedure. Things may be difficult to do on your own for the first few days, so make sure to have a family member or close friends to help you around the house. They’ll be able to help you with bathing and everyday activities.
Recovery: Two Weeks to a Month
After about two weeks after surgery, you’ll be able to resume non-strenuous work and light physical activity. You’ll need to wear a compressive bra for about three to four weeks after your surgery, which helps with bruising, swelling and discomfort. It’s normal to lose some sensation in the nipple and areola, but in most cases, this fixes itself naturally over time.
Recovery: The Long Term
After a few months, you’ll be able to notice your breasts settle into their new shape and your incision lines begin to fade. You’ll also be able to notice a dramatic difference in your neck, back and shoulder pain associated with your breasts.
How Do I Pay for my Breast Reduction?
It’s possible for your breast reduction surgery to be covered by health insurance if it is required to correct a medical or structural condition. Unfortunately, if you are getting the surgery for strictly self-esteem and self-image purposes, it most likely won’t be covered. At Pollack Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, flexible payment options including financing are available. This allows you to pay smaller monthly payments that fit your budget and lifestyle.
Pollack Plastic Surgery offers breast enhancement surgery to residents of La Jolla, Alpine and neighboring communities in Southern California. Contact us to book your consultation today.