Women who have large and heavy breasts can experience neck, shoulder, and back pain. They also may experience skin irritation caused by dampness under hanging breasts or shoulder grooving from bra straps.
Women may be self-conscious about their breast size, affecting their quality of life. When breasts overwhelm the body frame or one is larger than the other is, a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) can provide physical and emotional relief. Breast reduction involves removing excess fat, tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body and alleviate any pain caused by the weight of the breasts.
A breast reduction may be ideal for women who:
- Are physically healthy
- Have realistic expectations
- Do not smoke
- Have breasts that limit their physical activity
- Experience back, neck and shoulder pain due to the weight of their breasts
- Have regular indentations from bra straps supporting large breasts
- Have breasts that sag
Patients seeking to have breast reduction covered by insurance need to meet certain criteria for the surgery and even the initial consultation to be covered by insurance. Please check with your insurance company prior to scheduling any consultation and be clear to the DermASAP staff when scheduling the consultation if insurance coverage is sought.
Understanding the statistics
More than 144,000 breast reduction surgeries were performed in the United States in 2004, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Statistics show that over 90 percent of women are not only glad that they had breast reduction surgery, but they would do it again and recommend the procedure to others. In studies published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery a group of Swedish doctors wrote that women who had breast reduction surgery reported significant improvement in all areas of pain and discomfort. After learning about the statistics, a woman may wonder, “Is breast surgery right for me?”
Exploring breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction involves removing excess fat, tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body. A woman who is physically healthy, a non-smoker, and has realistic expectations about surgery may be the best candidate. If breasts limit her physical activity, cause back, shoulder, or neck pain; or sag; she may want to consider the procedure.
Insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery
A woman who is seeking to have breast reduction covered by insurance needs to meet certain criteria for surgery and the initial consultation. We encourage her to check with her insurance company prior to scheduling a consultation. The DermASAP team will also need to know if insurance coverage was sought when scheduling her consultation.