A plastic surgery procedure can be intimidating without all the facts. Breast reduction surgery is no different, since patients will be approaching it for some very personal reasons. A breast reduction can be life-changing for patients with overly large breasts or male patients suffering from gynecomastia. Patients may be experiencing physical discomfort, limited mobility or activity, emotional distress and social anxiety, all as a result of their breasts. This can be a burden each and every day, but if you’re nervous about surgery, you might hesitate to get the relief you need from a breast reduction surgery. If you have questions you’re afraid to ask, read on to learn answers to some of the most popular patient questions.
Can Breast Reduction Be Covered By Insurance?
The answer here is not a straightforward one. The truth is that it really depends on the circumstances, the effects of your breasts on your physical health, and whether the surgery is cosmetic or medical in nature. A medically-necessary breast reduction is almost always covered by health insurance policies, but there are no hard and fast rules. If you’re looking for smaller breasts for cosmetic reasons only, it will be harder for you to get coverage.
If insurance coverage is necessary for you to even undergo the procedure, you should start talking to your plastic surgeon and your general practitioner right away. If you’re suffering chronic back pain, shoulder cramping, or neck stiffness because of your large breasts, another specialist like a chiropractor might be able to help strengthen your case to the insurance company. Be open and honest about the symptoms you experience and your surgeon will help you get through the claims process.
How Is My Post-Surgical Cup Size Determined?
It would be great if patients could pick the cup size of their dreams and order it like a coffee at their favorite café. Unfortunately, trying to plan your breast reduction like that is a bit backwards and won’t work out very well. Instead, your plastic surgeon will evaluate the proportions of your body and breasts during your consultation before determining how much fat, breast tissue, and skin must be removed from the breasts. His or her goal is to create breasts that are an appropriate size for your body, rather than aiming for an arbitrary cup size. While he or she may be able to estimate your final results by size, it’s best to wait until after surgery to start shopping for new bras and tops.
To help you get a better idea of your expected results, your plastic surgeon will use VECTRA 3D Imaging to create a visual representation of his planned changes. This unique system allows the surgeon to take 3D photograph of you, make the changes necessary to the image, and display an approximate result for you to see for yourself. Not only will you be excited for your new look, but you’ll be able to rest assured that there won’t be any miscommunications between you and your surgeon.
Is Breast Reduction Surgery Very Painful?
Swelling and soreness around the breasts sound rather unpleasant, so many prospective breast reduction patients are expecting the worst when they come in for the surgery. However, a large number of these patients are surprised at the relative comfort they experience after waking up and through those first few days of recovery. Yes, they will be sore and swollen, but your surgeon will work with you to develop pain management techniques to get your through your first week. Ask your plastic surgeon about your pain medication, applying cold compresses, and what activities you should avoid. Get plenty of rest and take it easy so your body can use its strength to heal. Every day, you should notice an improvement in the way your breasts feel.
Will My Nipples Be Different After Breast Reduction Surgery?
The nipples are perhaps the most sensitive area of the breasts and can easily be manipulated during breast surgeries like a reduction. Many prospective patients are concerned that removing the nipple and areola to place in a more natural position will cause damage to the nerves and tissue. While the nipple must be moved during your surgery to insure proper placement on your smaller, reshaped breasts, your surgeon can take steps to protect the nerves and milk ducts during surgery.
For patients of breast reduction surgery, it can be possible to breastfeed in the future. If you are planning your surgery but also intend to have future pregnancies, talk to your surgeon about your plans. There are no guarantees, but he can do his best to keep all of the nerves and milk ducts intact as he relocates the nipples and areolae.
Does My Choice of Plastic Surgeon Matter?
Any medical procedure should only be performed by an experienced, trained, and certified clinician. You wouldn’t ask your plumber to rewire your electrical outlets, and so too should you search for a surgeon who is qualified for the surgery in question. To achieve success results without needless risks, choose your surgeon wisely.
Contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve the surgical results you desire.
Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists of Newburgh, New York. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is the only specialty plastic surgery practice in the Hudson Valley area with an on-site joint commission certified surgical suite. To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.