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Breast Reduction

What is Involved in a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as “reduction mammoplasty,” is performed on women with overly large breasts to ease their discomfort and synchronize their breast size to match the rest of their body.

The process involves removing not only excess fat from the breasts, but excess skin and other tissues as well. Breasts that are overly large can hinder a woman’s ability to be active, including participation in exercise, sports, and various other physical activities.

In some cases, the strain to the body is so great it can cause pain and discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders. Breast reduction can, in many cases, offer much-needed relief from constant pain.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost

Since there are always a number of contributing factors that must be considered, breast reduction cost tends to vary between patients. Dr. Contogiannis will thoroughly discuss your specific case during your initial consultation and be able to give you an accurate amount at that time.

Insurance companies rarely cover the cost of purely cosmetic surgeries, but they may provide some or all of the cost when the surgery is needed for functional or health reasons. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to find out which surgeries they will or will not cover.

At The Renaissance Center for Plastic Surgery & Wellness, we try to keep our procedures affordable for all of our clients. We’re pleased to offer our clients the option of financing their procedure using Alphaeon® or CareCredit®.

How Does a Breast Reduction Work?

For breast reduction surgery, general anesthesia is administered, so you’re asleep throughout the procedure. After the excess skin, fat, and breast tissue is removed, Dr. Contogiannis reshapes the breasts (also using liposuction if necessary) to shape the breast contours.

Dr. Contogiannis uses surgical techniques specifically designed to preserve the sensitivity of the breast and nipple area as much as possible. She may also be able to shorten or eliminate the long horizontal scar traditionally left after breast reduction surgery.

What are the Benefits of a Breast Reduction?

Women who elect to have breast reduction surgery are very happy with their decision and thrilled with their results. Breast reduction surgery receives higher levels of satisfaction rates than all the other cosmetic surgeries performed in this country. Some of the most common benefits include:

  • Boosted self-confidence and improved body image
  • Clothes are more comfortable and fit better
  • Breasts are lifted, firmer, and in proper proportion to the rest of the body
  • Relief of pain and discomfort from heavy breasts
  • Ability to be more active

In addition to the functional benefits of a breast reduction, many women also enjoy the aesthetic improvements, which are similar to that of a breast lift. By removing excess tissues, the breasts are lifted higher on the chest, giving them a more youthful perkiness. In cases where the breasts have become stretched or uncomfortable after pregnancy or breastfeeding, a breast reduction can also be incorporated into a comprehensive mommy makeover.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

If you’re a healthy adult woman who is bothered by the size of your breasts, suffer pain, or must limit your activities due to their size, chances are you’re a good candidate for breast reduction.

“I had breast reduction surgery with Dr. C at Moses Cones Surgery Center due to having back and neck issues for years. I had a pleasant experience. Dr. C was exceptional. Everyone was kind and caring.”

Ilieshia Bey

What Can I Expect During Recovery Following Breast Reduction?

Following breast reduction surgery, you’ll be required to wear a post-op light support bra. Any pain during the healing process can be controlled with prescribed medications. You may experience breast tenderness and swelling during your next menstrual cycle, and occasional pain for a few months.

You may need to wear a surgical bra for several weeks after the surgery. You will have noticeable scars, but they’ll soften and fade over time, usually within six to 12 months.

Dr. Contogiannis will give you post-op instructions specific to your case, and for best results, you should read them and follow them closely in order to achieve the best results and the speediest recovery.

Contact our office to set up a personalized consultation to see if breast reduction may help you achieve your aesthetic goals. The Renaissance Center for Plastic Surgery & Wellness is pleased to offer our services to residents in Greensboro, NC, including Winston-Salem, Burlington, High Point, and the surrounding neighborhoods.