Reduction mammoplasty is a plastic surgery aimed at reducing the size and, correspondingly, the weight of the mammary glands, which helps create a more aesthetic contour of the breast, more proportional to the patient's body. Removing excess tissue, fat and stretched skin, the plastic surgeon not only reduces the chest, makes it more light and elastic, but also corrects the symmetry and eliminates the sagging of the mammary glands. What to expect before, during and after breast reduction surgery, the site will tell in this article.
Before breast reduction surgery, you will consult your surgeon. During your consultation, you'll talk about your medical history, including whether or not you've had a lump removed from your breast or have any other medical conditions that affect your breasts. Your surgeon will also ask you about your family's medical history.
Be completely open with the surgeon about your medical history and why you're seeking a breast reduction. Be prepared to discuss any emotional issues you've dealt with regarding your breasts, how your breasts have physically felt to you, and any physical conditions you've had.
It is universally believed by patients that if a surgery is considered reconstructive, it is medically indicated and covered by health insurance. Conversely, many patients believe if a procedure is considered cosmetic, it is not a medically indicated and covered procedure.
In the case of breast reduction, however, for insurance purposes, it will typically be considered a cosmetic procedure until the patient can prove an adequate number of health issues and attempted remediations of those issues prior to undergoing corrective surgery. Once the threshold has been reached, the insurance company may then consider breast reduction a reconstructive procedure for that patient and cover it. The problem is that the threshold can be different for every insurance company or insurance company reviewer. It is my opinion that breast reduction surgery has long been thought of as a "hybrid" procedure. It is considered reconstructive in attempts to obtain insurance coverage for the surgery, but it is also considered cosmetic in that patients expect meticulous aesthetic expertise in their surgery and results.
A few weeks after I finally let my body recuperate and I started to feel like myself again, a wave of confidence washed over me. I started to feel comfortable in my skin, something that I couldn’t remember ever feeling. I was able to run without wearing two sports bras. I could fit normally into my ballet leotards. I could shop for bras at Victoria’s Secret. I didn’t experience any back pains or deep marks on my shoulders after taking my bra off at the end of the day. It was amazing the challenges that I was living with each day that I became so used to and almost accepted as part of my life.
Having breast reduction surgery was the best decision for me long term, and it truly gave me the confidence to be the best version of myself. There are just a few key things I’d wish I’d known first.