For every woman who wishes she had larger breasts, there is a woman who wishes her breasts were smaller. Overly large breasts can cause a number of physical and psychological discomforts. Back neck and shoulder pain, unwanted attention, and difficulty finding clothes that fit are just some of the challenges that women with large breasts may face. Breast reduction surgery removes breast tissue and excess skin to create smaller, lighter and more proportionate breasts.*
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a top female plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast reduction surgery. During your consultation, she’ll work with you to determine the best approach for your needs and ensure that your experience with us is a positive one.
Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about reduction mammoplasty, including pricing and insurance coverage. Harrington Plastic Surgery has helped women from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnetonka, Sartell, St. Cloud and throughout Minnesota with breast reduction surgery.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Any woman who wishes to have smaller breasts can be a good candidate for breast reduction. Some of the most common reasons women think about reducing breast size include:*
- Weight of breasts causes back, neck or shoulder pain
- Large breasts encourage hunching and lead to poor posture
- Breast drooping causes skin irritation
- Difficulty finding clothing and swimwear that fit comfortably
- Unwanted attention or feelings of self-consciousness about having large breasts
Breast Reduction Insurance Coverage
If you are interested in having your breast reduction costs covered by your health insurance, you will likely need to meet certain criteria set by your insurance provider. This may include documented reports of pain or discomfort, as well as a minimum amount of tissue that must be removed from each breast. Our office can provide you with any necessary paperwork needed to assist you in requesting reimbursement for your breast reduction surgery from your insurance company.
Breast Reduction Incisions
There are 3 main incision types used for breast reduction surgery:
- Periareolar Incision: This incision is made around the areola in a circular pattern. This approach can interfere with the milk ducts and glands, which may affect your ability to breastfeed in the future.
- Keyhole Incision: This incision is similar to a periareolar incision, but includes a vertical incision running downward to the natural crease below the breast.
- Anchor Incision: This incision circles the areola, runs vertically down to the breast crease and then follows the breast crease a short distance in both directions. An anchor incision is usually used when a large amount of breast tissue is being removed.
Your Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia as a same-day procedure. Patients that have sensitivities to narcotic medications, may benefit from our opioid-free or reduced surgery and recovery customized approach. The entire process typically takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and takes place at an accredited surgical facility.* You will need to arrive at the surgery center 1 hour before your procedure start time and stay for 1 hour after your surgery. You should bring an adult who can drive you home after your surgery and remain with you for at least 24 hours after you are discharged.
After making the incision, Dr. Harrington removes breast tissue before reshaping the remaining tissue and repositioning to a higher position on the chest wall, similar to the surgical steps taken during breast lift surgery. The breast skin is tightened around the new breast shape and excess skin is removed.
Depending on your goals, Dr. Harrington may also recommend additional procedures to complement your breast reduction results. Breast reduction surgery can also include liposuction to further refine the contours of the breast and surrounding area, although liposuction alone can’t achieve a significant reduction in breast size.*
Breast Reduction Recovery
Following your breast reduction, some discomfort and swelling is to be expected.* Most women take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks away from work and other normal activities to give their bodies sufficient time to heal.* Dr. Harrington may provide you with a special post-surgical compression garment to wear during the first few days of your recovery.* The compression garment helps to minimize swelling and increase comfort.*
While you should notice a difference in your breasts right after surgery, your results will initially be obscured by swelling.* Most women can see their final breast reduction results 3 to 6 months after their procedure, with scars continuing to mature for a year or more.*
It is important to discuss possible complications and risks with Dr. Harrington prior to your breast reduction. If you notice any sudden pain or swelling in one breast, notify our office immediately.
Breast Reduction FAQs
How much does breast reduction cost?
Breast reduction can cost $5,500 or more, plus additional fees for anesthesia, operating room facility fees and others. In some cases, breast reduction may be covered by insurance. If the cost of your breast reduction is an obstacle, discuss your payment and financing options at your consultation to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
How do I choose the best plastic surgeon for breast reduction?
Many women feel more comfortable in the hands of a top-rated female plastic surgeon for their breast reduction. If this is the case for you, start your search for the right fit by asking for referrals from friends and family members in your area and/or reading online reviews of facilities in your city. Narrow your search for the best plastic surgeon near you by examining credentials, looking at before and after photos and scheduling a consultation with your top picks.
Is breast reduction the best procedure for me?
Breast reduction could be an appropriate treatment option for you if you struggle with back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts, or if you are bothered by the appearance of drooping breast tissue and sagging skin. In some cases, you can combine other plastic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction with your breast reduction to achieve your desired results.
Does breast reduction include a lift?
Yes, breast reduction will include a breast lift to not only reduce the size of your breasts but also to reposition them to a higher, more youthful-looking position on your chest wall. Discuss the details of your breast reduction procedure with your plastic surgeon at your consultation to ensure you understand the surgical techniques that will be used and what will be involved in your specific procedure.
How painful is a breast reduction?
During your breast reduction surgery, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort, as the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. For the first few days after your breast reduction surgery, expect to experience soreness, mild discomfort, bruising and swelling. These symptoms should be fairly easy to manage with the use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. Alternatively, you may opt for our opioid-free recovery method.
How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?
Most women plan to take around 2 to 3 weeks off of work and other activities to recover from their breast reduction, though a full recovery can take up to six weeks. You will need to limit heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity for several weeks after breast reduction surgery.
When will I see my final breast reduction results?
Your final breast reduction results should be noticeable within 3 to 6 months after your procedure. Keep in mind that it can take up to 18 months for scars to fully mature, so you should continue to see a gradual improvement in the appearance of your scars for months to come.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your breast reduction consultation.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.