Breast Reduction FAQs

Am I a candidate for breast liposuction?

Breast liposuction is suitable only for a small percentage of women seeking smaller breasts. Ideal candidates will have large breasts with little or no sagging, as well as good skin elasticity so that the breasts will still appear full once fat is removed. Dr. Schwartz can provide a professional evaluation during your consultation to determine if this is an option for you.

Will I be able to breastfeed after my reduction?

In most cases, some breastfeeding will still be possible, but since breast tissue usually needs to be removed, the amount of milk produced may decrease. There is only one type of breast reduction that will remove the ability to breastfeed, called the free nipple technique. This technique is only performed on extremely large breasts and requires that the nipple and areola be completely removed and regrafted, severing connections with milk ducts. In most other cases, you should still be able to breastfeed.

Is it possible for insurance to pay for a breast reduction?

Most insurance companies require professional documentation that the size of your breasts is causing legitimate symptoms. Dr. Schwartz will be able to help you with that following your examination. Many insurance companies will set standards for how much tissue must be removed, so be aware that the insurance company may require a more severe reduction than you would like in order for them to cover it.

Will the reduction affect the sensation in my nipples?

Change in sensation is always a risk that accompanies surgery, but this is usually minimal and resolves within a year. However, a few women with extremely large breasts may opt for the free nipple technique, which removes the nipple and areola completely and moves them higher as a skin graft. This severs all connections and removes nipple function, including sensitivity, in favor of a superior aesthetic result.

How does a reduction treat asymmetry?

A reduction is usually the preferred way to treat asymmetry. Dr. Schwartz will simply remove more tissue from the larger breast, being sure to keep them as even as possible in final size and shape. All breasts are slightly asymmetrical, but after a correction, any remaining asymmetry should be barely perceptible.

How bad is the scarring from a breast reduction?

Scarring will always be visible, but most patients are pleasantly surprised to find that the incisions end up flat, smooth, and relatively close to their natural skin color. Performing scar massage, using topical creams or injectable corticosteroids, and avoiding unprotected sun exposure can further improve scar healing.

Is there any way to shrink my breasts without surgery?

If you are overweight, weight loss will reduce the amount of fat in your breasts, which can substantially reduce size, but it will also cause loose skin and sagging. In addition, some women’s breasts contain mostly breast tissue, which cannot be reduced by weight loss, and the various pills and creams sold for reducing breast size are completely ineffective.

Does a breast reduction lift the breast as well?

Technically, breast reduction simply reduces the size of the breast, which can make it appear to sag less. However, since the incisions are essentially the same, it is a fairly simple matter to add a lift to a breast reduction if it is found to be necessary during your consultation with Dr. Schwartz.

Will my breasts look empty or deflated after my reduction?

No, they will still look full and possibly even more full. Dr. Schwartz will remove excess skin during the reduction to maintain a good appearance. If necessary, the interior tissue can also be reshaped to help produce a naturally full look.

Is it ever necessary to put in implants during a reduction?

While it is possible to utilize implants along with a breast reduction to create more upper breast fullness, most of the time it is better to simply reposition the existing breast tissue. This avoids the expense and potential complications of using implants to achieve the same effect.

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