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Living with Less

Many people think that bigger is better? In some cases, it sure is, but more isn't always better when it comes to having bigger breasts. Why? Well, large and pendulous breasts can result in red marks on your shoulders; chronic pain in the neck, back and shoulders; yeast and skin infections under the breast; and overall frustration over clothes. Doesn't sound like much fun, does it? If this is your experience, you don't have to live in discomfort; you have options.

One of those options is breast-reduction surgery to help reduce the size of your breasts to something more comfortable — and more proportional for your body. If you're tired of living with large breasts and a lot of discomfort, breast-reduction surgery may be for you.

What Is Breast Reduction?

The breast-reduction procedure is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess breast tissue and lifting of the remaining breast back into a better, more natural position.

The goal of the breast-reduction procedure is not just about changing the appearance of the breasts; it's also about improving the quality of life and the health of women living with large and pendulous ones.

Who's a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Good candidates for the breast-reduction procedure should be in good health and non-smokers. They should have reasonable expectations of the process as well.

Surgery and Recovery

In most cases, the breast-reduction procedure typically takes just two to three hours and is often performed as an outpatient case, so you should expect to go home the same day.

After your breast-reduction procedure, you should expect some pain and swelling, but these will go down over time. You'll also have a permanent scar, either a "lollipop" shape or a "boat anchor," near your nipple and a scar around your lower breast fold. These scars will be red after your surgery but usually fade over time.

After surgery, you should avoid heavy lifting and straining and should plan to take some time off work and responsibilities to reduce the risk of complications and problems with healing. Most women resume regular activity within two months of their procedure.

What Women Say About Breast Reduction

Many women who undergo breast-reduction surgery are delighted with their choice. Not only does the reduction improve the appearance of the breasts, but it also enhances their overall quality of life by reducing discomfort and improving self-confidence.

Does Insurance Pay for Breast Reductions? 

Many people believe that if a surgery is reconstructive, it is medically necessary and covered by insurance. But, in some cases, patients may have to indicate whether they have had health issues and attempted to correct them before the procedure. If you have questions regarding insurance and the breast-reduction surgery, call Dr. Jack Peterson today at 785-234-9000.

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