Breast reduction surgery can be performed for cosmetic purposes, but is most often considered a medical necessity when large breasts cause a woman back, neck and chest pain, headaches, and skin rashes. Breast reduction surgery also gives a woman more freedom to wear fashionable clothing, improve her confidence, and allow her an active daily lifestyle. These patients now enjoy their results from their breast reduction surgery.
Breast Reduction Consultation
Consultations for breast reduction surgery include a complete review of the patient’s medical and family history, with considerable focus on pain suffered from large breasts. After an examination and thorough discussion of breast reduction surgery, Dr. Ness will determine if the surgery is appropriate and if it may be considered a medical necessity with potential coverage by the patient’s insurance plan. If Dr. Ness believes a medical issue exists, our office will work with your insurance company to cover the cost of the examination, attain pre-authorization for the procedure and file all claims with your insurance company.
Breast Reduction Procedure
The best type of incision for the breast reduction surgery is an anchor incision which goes along the breast crease (inframammary crease) and up and around the colored outer ring of the nipple (areola). Not only will the size of the breast improve, the position and shape of the breast along with a reduction in the size of the areola, if desired, can be accomplished with this incision type.
Breast reduction is typically a same-day procedure performed in one of our fully accredited outpatient surgery facilities such as WestHealth in Plymouth, MN, Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota, or CentraCare Surgery Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Following your breast reduction surgery, you will be cared for by the nursing staff in the recovery room. When you are fully awake and comfortable, you will be released to the care of a family member or friend with a list of after-care instructions.
Many breast reduction patients return to work after 5-7 days of recovery time at home. There will be guidelines for after-care including lifting restrictions and limited exercise. We will schedule post breast reduction surgery appointments in one of our Minneapolis metro area or St. Cloud clinics periodically, including the day after your procedure.