What can patients expect from breast reduction surgery?
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
You may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This usually is temporary. It may, however, take weeks, months or even more than a year before sensation returns to normal. Your breasts may also require some time to assume a more natural shape. This is determined by the initial size of the breasts. Incisions will initially be red or pink in color. They will remain this way for many months following surgery.
Will insurance cover the procedure?
Insurance coverage is sometimes available for breast reduction surgery. Many factors determine your eligibility, including the specific terms of your insurance policy and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery. Dr. V or someone in the office staff will discuss these matters with you.
Recovery process and downtime
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks. With the use of the On-Q pain pump, post operative pain has been well controlled. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery after the pain pump is removed. Any pain can be treated with oral medication.
Expect at least one week to ten days for recovery from a breast reduction. This may include time off from work. Exercise can resume after one week. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.