If you feel your breasts are too large, for cosmetic or physical reasons, breast reduction surgery may be a beneficial option to consider. Many women find having the procedure gives them far more than just smaller, firmer breasts. They also report such benefits as relief from neck and back pain, a new freedom of movement allowing for more exercise and physical activity, and the ability to wear many clothing styles they’ve avoided in the past. In fact, of all cosmetic surgery procedures, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction.
Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) surgically removes excess skin and breast tissue, making your breasts more proportional to the rest of your body. During the procedure, the areola may be reduced in size and repositioned as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering breast reduction. Dr McHugh will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation with Dr McHugh include:
– Medical conditions, both past and present
– Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
– Previous surgeries
– Weight loss history and goals
During consultation, Dr McHugh will examine your breasts, evaluating their shape, size, skin elasticity and nipple position. He may also take photographs and measurements may for your medical record.
Some health plans cover breast reduction surgery when performed to relieve medical symptoms; however, coverage often depends on a significant amount of breast tissue being removed. In this instance you may also be entitled to a Medicare rebate.
It is important to follow Dr McHugh’s instructions when preparing for surgery to ensure the best possible results. Those instructions may include:
– Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
– Avoiding certain medications
– Arranging for help following surgery, such as a ride home and in-home care for the first 24 hours
– Undergoing a baseline mammogram