Breast Reduction Cincinnati
Large, pendulous breasts can lead to a variety of social and physical problems. For some women, large breasts attract unwanted attention leading to feelings of embarrassment and low self esteem. For others, large breasts interfere with exercise and work. Common complaints related to large breasts (macromastia) include headaches, upper and lower back pain, shoulder grooving, rashes under the breast, breast pain, and neck strain.
If your breasts are DD cup size or larger you may qualify for insurance coverage for a bilateral breast reduction. You must first schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin where a detailed history and physical exam will be performed. Pictures will be taken and a letter will be dictated and sent to your insurance company. Approval may take up to 30 days. Once approval is received your surgery will be scheduled. It is important to discuss with Dr. Martin the anticipated amount of reduction and the expected size following surgery.
Generally it is wise to leave a C or D cup breast as over resection is one of the most common complaints following this procedure. Just prior to the surgery you will be measured and marked out with a permanent marker (don’t worry- the marks will easily wash off). During the procedure incisions will be made and skin, fat, and breast tissue is excised. The nipple remains on the breast mound and is usually not removed (except in rare cases) but merely repositioned. The areola (pigmented part around the nipple) is also reduced in size. All sutures are placed under the skin and do not need to be removed. Drains are normally not used. Most reductions take 2 to 3 hours to perform and are performed as a same day surgery. Recovery is 1-2 weeks and pain is minimal to moderate. Typical amounts of tissue removed range from 500 grams per breast all the way up to 6,000 grams or more. Complications can include tissue necrosis, wound breakdown, loss of areola or nipple, loss of sensation, bleeding, infection, and seroma. Most patients retain sensation in the nipple and are able to breast feed following surgery.
There are many types of breast reductions and you should let your surgeon decide which method is best for your particular situation. All breast reductions result in scarring and if you desire a scarless breast reduction see liposuction only breast reduction.