Women considering breast reduction typically have physical concerns due to their large and heavy breasts. These can include back pain, neck strain, rashes beneath the breasts, difficulty in fitting into clothing, and receiving unwanted attention due to being large chested. These problems can lead to weight gain and discomfort due to decreased physical activity as a result of the large breasts being in the way.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston perform breast reduction surgeries every day. The range of patients spans from those wanting just a half cup size less breast volume to those wanting to go down as small as possible.
Each surgical procedure is tailored to the desires and wishes of the patient. If you are considering having smaller breasts, you are likely a candidate. Visiting in person with one of our 4 cosmetic surgeons in the northern Virginia and Washington DC Metro area will let you know for sure.
WHAT ARE THE SCARS LIKE AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
The most common type of scar for breast reduction is an anchor-type of scar.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
Plan to take at least one week off from work for your recovery from breast reduction. Because each person’s body is unique, recovery time can vary from patient to patient. However, most patients feel much better after a week or so and are fully recovered after about a month. During this time, you may feel some tightness across the breasts and a tingling sensation as the nerves in your breasts recover.
Exercise should be avoided for at least one week after breast reduction surgery. This is because your breast tissue needs time to heal and settle, and the increased heart rate and blood pressure that come with exercise can cause bleeding. The breast shape will be over-lifted and over-tightened at first. This is done intentionally because the tissues tend to relax in the first couple of months. By 3 months, the breasts and typically soft and the scars maturing nicely. By one year, many scars are nearly imperceptible.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH A BREAST REDUCTION?
As with any surgical procedure, breast reduction surgery involves certain risks. The risks include bleeding, infection, increase or decrease in nipple sensitivity, and widened scars. These risks can be minimized by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions. These are provided at your pre-operative visit.
Breast reduction patients are some of our happiest patients, and this satisfaction is apparent on DAY 1. While there is some mild discomfort after surgery, the relief patients experience from no longer having the heavy breasts pulling on back and neck muscles are immediate.
CAN I BREASTFEED AFTER A BREAST REDUCTION?
It is possible to breast feed after breast reduction surgery, but not guaranteed. Factors that influence this include the size of the reduction, prior history of breast feeding, and pre- and post-operative nipple sensation.
If you are planning on starting a family soon, and breast feeding is of utmost importance to you, our surgeons may advise you to wait on breast reduction surgery. These are conversations you can expect to have with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at the time of your complimentary consultation.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed alone or as part of your Mommy Makeover Plan, which combines cosmetic surgery procedures to reverse the negative effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding on your figure.
IS BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY COVERED BY INSURANCE?
The answer to this is sometimes. If you have several symptoms of large breasts, your insurance company may approve you for a surgical breast reduction.
Currently, Dr. Knotts is accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans for breast reduction patients. To find out if you are a candidate for the procedure, call for a complimentary consultation.
If your insurance plan does not cover breast reduction, or you are not a candidate based on their criteria, we can still help you with your procedure. All of our doctors perform the procedure and literally hundreds are done every year at Austin-Weston.
HOW MUCH DOES A BREAST REDUCTION COST?
The cost of breast reduction surgery in Reston, VA, at Austin-Weston is around $8,900 – $12,000. The price includes the cost of surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, OR fees, postop garments and all post-op appointments.