Breast Reduction Washington DC
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is performed for women who feel that their breasts are out of proportion to their body or for women who suffer chronic neck, back and shoulder pain due to the size and weight of their breasts. The excess weight of large breasts can interfere with daily activities and make exercising difficult. This can take a significant physical and emotional toll on women suffering from this condition.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast glandular tissue and excess skin. The result is a smaller, perkier breast. In most cases, symptoms of back, neck and shoulder pain are alleviated immediately following the procedure.
Breast reduction is a good option for you if:
You are physically healthy
You have realistic expectations
You don’t smoke
You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
Your breasts limit your physical activity
You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
In many patients, breast reduction is covered by insurance. In your consultation, Dr. Pittman will discuss your individual goals for the procedure and discuss if he feels that insurance is likely to cover a portion of the cost. Many insurance carriers require a certain weight of tissue be removed from each breast to qualify.
Many women are concerned about mammography after breast reduction. Breast reduction can certainly interfere with post-operative imaging. If you are over 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, Dr. Pittman may recommend a mammogram before surgery. All breast tissue removed is sent for pathologic analysis after breast reduction.
Breast reduction is certainly a procedure with very high patient satisfaction. Most of our patients comment that they wish they would have had the procedure years ago.
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