Many women with oversized breasts can be inconvenienced by limitations to their physical and daily activities, and large breasts can cause physical pain to the chest, back, neck and shoulders. Due to discomfort, it can be very challenging to exercise, go for lengthy walks, play with the kids, or even find clothing that fits properly. In addition to all these problems, oversized breasts can also cause women to have skin irritations. When you work with the best breast surgeon, Dr. Peter Grossman will remove excess volume and create a more beautiful, natural-looking set of breasts that are better proportioned to your body frame, and that are more in line with your beauty goals.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Any woman who seeks breast reduction surgery is doing so to minimize breast volume, but the reasons women have varied across the board. Generally, good candidates for breast reduction surgery experience a lifestyle with limited physical activity due to the size of the breasts and how they interfere when engaged in sports or exercise. Usually, women with oversized breasts live a life of discomfort or pain. In addition to having soreness or pain in the back, neck and shoulders, women can also experience deep indentations on the shoulders due to bra straps that fail to offer a comfortable fit.
In terms of having a cosmetic perspective, many candidates want to reduce breast size to address sagging and to create more lift. Then there are candidates who have a difficult time in finding clothing and swimsuits that fit properly. Finally, many candidates book a breast reduction consultation at Grossman Medical because they are tired of undeserved attention, including special treatment at work and random remarks made by strangers.
To determine if you really are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, you will need to book a consultation with Dr. Peter Grossman so he can examine your body, delve into your medical history, and understand your physical and cosmetic goals.
What does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?
Breast reduction surgery costs range because every procedure is customized to each individual patient. When comparing costs from one breast surgeon to another, make sure the quote you get includes all related fees and services. According to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast reduction surgery (aesthetic patients only) was $5913. However, this cost did not include anesthesia fees, medical tests, surgical or hospital facilities cost, post-surgery garments, prescription medications, the surgical techniques employed, or the surgeon’s fees. Furthermore, the length of time the procedure takes can impact cost, as can having multiple procedures performed at once, such as a breast lift in addition to a reduction.
Then there is the matter of insurance: if you are having breast reduction surgery for medical reasons, your insurance company may cover the procedure, or a portion of it. Usually, insurance companies require that at least 500 grams of tissue be removed from each side to qualify for coverage. Once you have your consultation with Dr. Grossman you will have a clear idea as to what the cost of breast reduction surgery is, for your specific case.
Where are Breast Reduction Surgeries Performed and How Long is the Procedure?
Breast reduction surgery is performed in our out-patient surgery center, and the procedure lasts between three to four hours. Patients return home the same day. While some cosmetic surgical procedures require a day or two of hospitalization, breast reduction surgery patients are usually able to go home a few hours after the procedure. This will save you a great deal of money, as hospital bills can be pricey, and you will be able to return to normal life more quickly as compared to other surgeries.
What Techniques are Used in Breast Reduction Surgery?
The specific technique that will be used to perform your breast reduction surgery will be determined by Dr. Grossman upon an examination during your consultation. However, there are three primary techniques embraced by all the top breast surgeons in Los Angeles.
Lollipop Incision – When one is having a vertical breast reduction procedure, the surgeon can excise tissue through a “lollipop” incision made around the areola and that extends down the bottom of the breast. Typically, this technique is used for patients who only require small amounts of tissue to be removed.
Anchor Incision – An incision is made that resembles an anchor in shape; an ideal pattern for patients who are having large amounts of tissue removed. This technique is like the lollipop incision, but stands apart because an additional incision is made under the breast at the crease. While recovery time may take longer with this approach, the technique enables a more dramatic transformation.
Liposuction – Fatty tissue is removed from the breasts through small incisions. This is usually an ideal approach for women who have very good skin elasticity and who want a minimal volume removed in their breast reduction procedure.
What does Recovery Time Look Like After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Recovery time for this procedure can range from two to four weeks with some restrictions. Most patients can return to all normal activity after six weeks. You will likely wear compression garments during the recovery process, and it is ideal to spend most of your time in bed or on the sofa. It is ideal to have a friend or family member stay with you for the first few weeks to do everyday chores, such as cleaning and preparing meals. You will also likely be prescribed some medication for pain management and will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Grossman so that your healing process can be monitored. Finally, you will want to avoid lifting anything that weighs more than 10 pounds and be prepared to have specific discharge instructions customized to your unique needs.
Book Your Breast Reduction Consultation at Grossman Medical Today!
To learn more about how breast reduction surgery can improve your quality of life, call Grossman Medical for a consultation. Dr. Grossman will begin the breast reduction consultation by listening to your personal concerns, he will understand your health and beauty goals, and note how this procedure can physically and mentally improve your quality of life. After the examination the doctor will be able to customize a plan based on your individual needs, and one that aligns with your health. Dr. Grossman will also cover the minimal risks and benefits of the breast reduction procedure and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your body, health, and happiness. Call today and take that first step towards living the best version of your life.