Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about a Breast Reduction

If you have always lived with very large breasts, you may not be able to relate to the women around you who have sought larger breasts by undergoing breast augmentation procedures. Your dream is probably to experience life without the excess weight and chronic pain caused by your large breast size. If so, a breast reduction, also called a reduction mammoplasty, is the perfect solution for you. Here is the information you should know as you begin this journey to enhancing your confidence and quality of life!

What Does a Breast Reduction Really Do?

It is obvious that a breast reduction makes your breasts smaller, but exactly how is that possible? During breast reduction surgery, your surgeon removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin. This helps you achieve a breast size that is proportionate with your body. Since glandular tissue and skin are removed in addition to excess breast fat, your breasts will look perky and attractive, not saggy and deflated.

Physical and Emotional Benefits of Breast Reduction

Most women seek larger breasts, but many women also cope with overly large breasts that cause physical and emotional consequences. First and foremost, excess breast tissue is very heavy and makes it difficult to live an active lifestyle. Running, jumping, hiking, and other common activities are all near impossible with large breasts. That extra weight also leads to chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain, which further diminishes quality of life. Most women with large breasts also feel self-conscious and struggle to find wardrobe options that support their bodies.  

Breast reduction surgery eliminates all of those issues in one single procedure. With smaller breasts, women can participate in all of their favorite physical activities, live without pain, and buy clothes without stress and anxiety.

Will Your Insurance Cover Breast Reduction?

Most surgical procedures fall into one of two categories: reconstructive or cosmetic. Reconstructive procedures are necessary for a person’s health and therefore covered by insurance. Cosmetic procedures, meanwhile, are not covered because they have no pressing healthcare purpose. In the eyes of insurance providers, breast reduction surgery straddles these two categories.

Insurance companies typically consider breast reduction a cosmetic procedure until it can be proven that true health issues exist that would be remedied by breast reduction surgery. If you are experiencing neck and upper back pain, breast pain, dermatitis beneath the breasts, bra strap grooving in the shoulders, and reliance upon pain medication for those symptoms, you have a high likelihood of your surgery being approved for insurance coverage.

At The Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery in Spring Hill, Florida, Dr. Polecritti performs breast reduction surgery on an outpatient basis to reduce and reshape the breasts. Call (352) 606-4754 to learn more and begin the process of embracing your new body contour.