Breast reduction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Stall will begin by placing incisions around the edge of the areola, extended vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. Using these incisions, Dr. Stall will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size and weight of the breast. The nipple areolar complex is moved upward to a position that better complements the new breast size.
Immediately after your procedure, you will be placed in a special support bra to hold your breasts symmetrically. This helps promote healing and maintain the desired results. Surgical drains may be put in place for a few days to prevent any accumulation of fluid. After surgery you may experience tenderness, swelling and some bruising. Oral pain medication will be prescribed to manage any pain or discomfort.You can resume light activity in about a week. More strenuous activites should be avoided for several weeks. Scars will usually fade in about 6 to 12 months. You can expect to return to work in 10 days and to see final results in about 8 months.
Deciding if breast reduction surgery is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Stall. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on breast reduction surgery or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
Breast reduction surgery may be covered by some insurance companies, though insurance criteria can be restrictive. Our billing specialists will work with you to understand your insurance options and any pre-authorization requirements. If your insurance company considers a breast reduction cosmetic surgery and will not cover the procedure, you will be responsible for payment. Our billing specialists can help you make financial arrangements, including providing information on financing breast reduction surgery through Care Credit®.