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Breast reduction plastic surgery
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Who is a candidate for breast reduction
surgery (reduction mammaplasty)?
In general any patient who feels her breasts are excessively
large for her frame can potentially benefit from breast reduction
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Do large breasts cause any functional
Large pendulous breasts (mammary hypertrophy with ptosis) can
cause many functional problems such as back, neck and shoulder
pain, chronic skin changes and dermatitis of the shoulder and
lower breast areas, pain in the breasts themselves and postural
changes. Excessively large breasts also interfere with activities
of daily living and limit the participation of many women in athletic
How is a breast reduction performed?
In most breast reduction procedures the nipple/areolar complex
is relocated to a higher position with removal of both fatty and
fibrous breast tissue to produce an aesthetically shaped smaller
breast. The areola is usually made smaller during the procedure.
Where is the surgery performed and what
type of anesthesia is used?
Dr. O'Connell performs most breast reduction procedures at Bridgeport
Hospital in Bridgeport, CT under general anesthesia. Some patients
are able to be discharged on the day of surgery. Reduction mammaplasty may be performed under local anesthesia with monitored
sedation and in the Plastic Surgery of Southern Connecticut accredited surgical facility.
Are there scars after breast reduction
Yes. All techniques of breast reduction leave permanent scars
on or near the breasts. The quality and appearance of the scars
will vary depending on many factors. It is very important to have
a thorough understanding of the location of these scars prior to undergoing
What about scarless or liposuction only breast reduction?
In this procedure, fatty tissue is removed from the breast with liposuction and shape is largely dependent upon the patient's pre-existing breats shape and skin tone. The term "scarless" is a misnomer as small scars are an inevitable part of the procedure.
Will my insurance cover the breast reduction
While insurance plans vary, breast reduction surgery is usually
considered a covered benefit when it is performed to improve the
functional problems associated with mammary hypertrophy.
Are there risks associated with breast reduction?
As with any surgical procedure there are risks and potential complications. With breast reduction surgery, scarring is not a risk, but rather a certanty. A careful consideration of the risks, alternatives and potential benefits of any procedure is an important part of the pre-operative consultative process.
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