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Breast Reduction FAQ

Am I a candidate for breast reduction plastic surgery, and will my insurance cover the procedure?

If your breasts are too large for your comfort, you may be a suitable candidate for breast reduction.

Whether your health insurance will pay for the surgery is another matter. Most health insurance plans do not cover surgery done strictly for cosmetic purposes, but if you suffer from pain or other medical conditions as a result of too-large breasts, it may cover the procedure.

Will I have scarring after breast reduction?

Yes. The breast reduction procedure will leave some scarring along the incision sites. This scarring will generally follow along the natural lines of the breast, however, and the extent of the scars will depend largely on your body’s ability to heal. Scarring is usually more extensive in smokers.

Will I be able to breast feed after a breast reduction?

With the advent of new breast reduction techniques, it is possible that you will be able to maintain sufficient milk glands to breast feed following a breast reduction, but there is no guarantee. If this is a concern, let your surgeon know, and he or she will discuss options available that may help you maintain your ability to breast feed following a reduction.

What will I look like after breast reduction surgery?

Immediately following the surgery, you will likely have some bruising and swelling, and the recovery process may take place gradually over the course of several months.

Discuss your ultimate appearance goals with your surgeon before the surgery, so that you fully understand what to expect from the procedure.

What are the risks of breast reduction?

Most of the risks of breast reduction are general risks associated with any surgical procedure, although the procedure also has some potential complications specific to breast reduction. Risks specific to breast reduction include uneven alignment of the nipples and the possibility of inability to breast feed.

Other questions?

If you need help exploring breast reduction plastic surgery options, please feel free to call or email us for a consultation today. Call 616.454.1256 if you’re in the Michigan area, or toll free at 800.968.7474.