You are interested in information regarding the surgical procedure for reduction of the breasts known as reduction mammoplasty.
This operation involves reduction of the amount of breast tissue. The usual reasons for this are discomfort and/or pain in the shoulders and back, skin problems, difficulty working and sleeping because of breast size, etc. Any improvement in the cosmetic appearance is usually a secondary consideration.
Currently most health insurances are covering reduction mammoplasty in full when it is medically necessary. Some insurance companies require a second opinion from another Plastic Surgeon before the procedure can be authorized. Others request documentation of alternate treatments such as chiropractic or physical therapy. We recommend you contact your insurance carrier directly to find out what their particular policy is regarding reduction mammoplasty. For insurance coverage, usually 1,000 grams of tissue removal is required.
You will have scars in the area of the surgery. These scars are usually placed around the nipples, and in the area around the fold of the breasts.
Although the discovery of breast cancer during the surgical procedure is QUITE RARE, it has occurred. If during your operation this should occur, Dr. Capuano will be in a position wherein he must use his best judgment. There are many factors involved in deciding what to do if a cancer is discovered. Again, while this is extremely rare it is mentioned for the sake of completeness.
There will be stitches and/or metal staples in place. A bulky gauze bandage will be applied to the chest area along with ace bandages. There may be tubes used for drainage, which are removed a day or two after surgery. While the initial dressing is on it must be kept clean and dry. You will be given instructions regarding wound care, showers and activity.
Breast reduction surgery has been extremely beneficial for women with complaints of back, neck, shoulder and breast pain for relief of symptoms. If you have any questions regarding this information, call the office at 585-225-0680.