Reduction Mamoplasty also known as Breast Reduction is a procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer, enhancing their appearance. During a breast reduction the breast nipple and areola are also lifted. Breast reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Exceptionally large breasts can result in physical pain, including back pain, as well as emotional and social anxiety. Breast reduction procedures allow women to find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance. Dr. Schreiber, having received the Patients’ Choice Award from patients rating Baltimore plastic surgeons, is devoted to his patients and to achieveing all of their aesthetic goals.
Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:
- Heavy breasts causing back, neck or shoulder pain.
- Sagging breasts and stretch marks produced by disproportionate size.
- Body frame ailments attributed to oversized breasts.
- Limitations of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts.
- Pain caused bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of overly large breasts.
- General Procedure
Breast reduction techniques vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and following the natural curve under the breast. The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin and then the nipple and areola are adjusted to a higher position and held in place by stitches. Liposuction alone can occasionally be used to reduce breast size. The best procedure for you can be determined during your consultation visit with Dr. Schreiber.
Breast reduction, of all cosmetic surgery procedures results in the fastest body-image changes. Patients are rewarded with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
Breast reductions by Dr. Schreiber are performed at the Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland, the SurgiCenter of Baltimore in Owings Mills, Maryland, Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, and at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland. Each of these facilities are easily accessible from Towson, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Pikesville, Ruxton, Lutherville, Howard County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.
Insurance Coverage for Breast Reduction
In some cases insurance may cover the costs of a breast reduction. Policies of every insurance company differ, please be certain to check with your insurance carrier to determine whether or not reductions are covered. If your carrier covers this procedure, verify what requirements must be met for your insurance carrier to cover your reduction. In most cases, 500-600 grams of breast tissue must be removed in order for insurance companies to cover the cost of a breast reduction. Dr. Schreiber will typically, during your consultation, be able to tell you if your breast reduction will be covered by your insurance company or not.
Post-operative instructions generally call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to aid the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Recovery time takes 1-2 weeks, and you should not exercise for this period of time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Minor pain reported by patients is sometimes associated with surgery. Any pain can easily be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, carefully following the instructions you will be given after surgery, patients can minimize any potential problems.Google+