Breast Reduction

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What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, commonly called reduction mammoplasty, is a very commonly performed procedure. The procedure can be performed for medical/functional reasons or for cosmetic reasons. This surgery can provide significant relief from the problems associated with large breasts, including back and neck pain, posture problems, skin rashes under the breast, skeletal deformities, breathing problems, and discomfort during exercise. Additionally, the surgery produces three primary affects.  First, and foremost, the breast size (weight) is reduced. Secondly, the areola is reduced to some degree depending upon the size preoperatively. Thirdly, a breast lift is performed simultaneously in conjunction with the breast reduction. Rarely, the nipple is removed and replaced at the time of the procedure. This is done primarily for women with extraordinarily large breasts. Your anticipated breast size after surgery will be discussed with you before surgery with Dr. Lewis. There are many factors that go into that decision. Every effort is made to achieve your ideal breast size after surgery within the confines of also trying to improve your preoperatively symptomatology. If the breast reduction is done for cosmetic reasons then there is relatively more freedom in achieving your ideal postoperative size. Insurance pre authorization is required before the procedure can be performed and billed to insurance. That process is begun at your initial office visit. Your complaints will be documented, photographs are required and an inquiry can be made with your insurance carrier.

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