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Breast Reduction Can Improve Your Health


"It was almost as if I had like a heavy backpack on my chest."

measuring-breasts.jpgIf you are a woman with very large breasts, you can probably sympathize with Amber Rose, who made that statement in an interview with People magazine. Rose had a natural cup size of 36H, and said her large breasts were - literally - a heavy burden. They made it difficult to exercise and caused significant back pain.

We hear the same complaints from most of our breast reduction patients, and the decision to undergo reduction surgery is often more about health than aesthetics. Many health insurance companies will even pay for breast reduction surgery because of the health benefits.

After surgery, Rose is a size 36 DDD and very pleased with her results. You can visit our website to view a before and after image gallery of our breast reduction patients, and read more about the procedure on our breast reduction page.


Breast Reduction Surgery: How Do Patients Feel Over Time?

breast-balloons-640.jpg recently published results from a study of women who underwent breast reduction surgery. The goal of the study was to see how breast reduction surgery affected their quality of life over time. 

For many women, breast reduction surgery is about much more than aesthetics. Overly large breasts (or breast hypertrophy) can create pain in the shoulders and back and cause lifelong physical problems. This is why many breast reduction surgeries are covered by health insurance, because surgery can reverse the damaging affects of breast hypertrophy.

The study found that patients who undergo breast reduction surgery typically see a significant improvement in their quality of life in the weeks right after surgery, but also a year later. The patients in the study were evaluated pre-surgery, about 6 weeks after surgery, and at various intervals through one year post-operative. A majority of patients showed a striking improvement in quality of life after surgery, even though they were still in the recovery period. The study showed that this significant increase in perceived quality of life is maintained for at least a year.

These findings may assist plastic surgeons in managing patient expectations, and for obtaining insurance authorization.

If you're interested in breast reduction surgery, call us to set up a consultation. We can help you determine if the surgery is right for you, and whether or not it will be covered by your health insurance plan. 


Breast Reduction Surgery for Female Athletes

There are many reasons a woman might choose to have breast reduction surgery, and it's not always about aesthetics. Female athletes sometimes find that large breasts interfere with sports, and chose breast reduction surgery to improve their comfort, and sometimes their performance too. 

Tennis star Simona Halep made news when she had a breast reduction from a 34DD to a 34C at age 17. In interviews, Halep said her breasts made her so uncomfortable she couldn't play tennis properly, and she's been very pleased with the results post-surgery.

ABC News did a recent segment on this issue - click here to view the story.

In our practice here at Savannah Plastic Surgery, we've performed several breast reductions on young female athletes looking for similar relief. The excessive weight of large breasts can lead to neck and back problems for any woman, but these problems can greatly interfere with the success and comfort of an athlete. 

You can learn more about breast reduction surgery on our website, or contact us today to set up a consultation to see if breast reduction might be right for you.

Growing Up With Big Breasts

When people think about breasts and plastic surgery, they often think about augmentations. After all, many women grow up wishing they could fill out their shirts or show off just a little bit of cleavage like their bustier friends. 

But if you were born with large breasts, you know there are some problems that come along with all that cleavage - like back pain, posture issues, and difficulty with exercise. We came across a Huffington Post blog on this topic - it's an irreverent take on the difficulties of growing up with large breasts. You can read it here.

While the article is humorous, the underlying issues are real. Overly large breasts can cause problems for women, and more than just aesthetic problems. Thankfully, health insurance will often cover breast reduction surgery, and we can help you apply for coverage. If that article sounds like the way you feel about your breasts, then visit our Breast Reduction Information page and then give us a call.

Meanwhile, here are some before-and-after photos of breast reduction patients. You can see even more by visiting our online gallery.


Breast Reduction: For Your Health

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A breast reduction is a procedure that not only enhances your appearance, but can help reduce back and neck pain as well, and is almost always covered by health insurance. 

Many large-breasted women experience pain in their shoulders or backs from the added weight and the associated changes to posture. In addition, some women find that they cannot do certain exercises successfully because their breasts get in the way or make the activity uncomfortable. 

More and more women are seeking breast reduction surgery as a way to reduce pain and the unwelcome side-effects of breasts that are just too large for their bodies. And breast reduction surgery is usually covered by insurance too. Our office is happy to assist patients in the pre-certification process, helping to determine if the procedure will be covered by insurance. 

If your breasts are causing discomfort, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our physicians to see if breast reduction surgery may provide relief. 

A television station in San Francisco recently did a news story about breast reduction surgery, and you can watch the story below:

Male Breast Reduction

Breast surgery isn't just for women - quite often we physicians receive questions from men with over-developed or enlarged breasts. The condition, called gynecomastia, is very common, and can occur in men of any age. Causes can range from obesity and weight issues, to hormonal changes, heredity, disease or the use of certain medications. 

Gynecomastia can be more than just a physical problem - it can cause emotional discomfort and will make most adolescent and adult men very self-conscious. Some men will go to great lengths to avoid certain physical activities (the gym, the beach, the pool or even intimacy) to hide their condition.

The good news is, guys don't have to live with enlarged breasts. We can help.

Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure to correct gynecomastia, and usually involves liposuction and very small incisions. Depending on the amount of reduction needed, the procedure can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia with minimum down-time. The result is a better proportioned, more masculine upper-body contour, and the freedom and self-confidence to lead an active life. 

If you're interested in learning more about correction of gynecomastia, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. In a consultation, the physician can learn more about your individual situation, your goals and what options may be available to correct your gynecomastia. You'll also get answers to your questions about male breast reduction, and be better able to make informed decisions about improving your body.


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