Breast Reduction FAQsBefore & After Photos
If you are considering breast reduction in Birmingham, AL, you likely have many questions. Dr. Beckenstein has provided answers to the following common questions for you to review before your consultation.
Why do women choose breast reduction surgery?
Many women choose breast reduction surgery to improve their quality of life. Overly large breasts can cause a variety of physical problems, such as neck and shoulder pain, backaches, and irritation under the breasts. It is often difficult and uncomfortable to be physically active with heavy, cumbersome breasts. Women also choose this procedure because they are self-conscious about the unwanted attention large breasts can create and have difficulties finding clothing that fits properly. This life-changing procedure is one of the most rewarding cosmetic surgeries women can choose.See Your Procedure in 3D
Will I have noticeable scars?
All surgical incisions result in scars, but I make a point to minimize and conceal them as much as possible. For most breast reductions the incisions are made around the areola and straight down to the breast crease (a short scar breast reduction). The nipple/areola complex is lifted higher, and the size of the areola is reduced if necessary while leaving the blood supply to nipple intact. Occasionally, when the reduction is minor, it can be sufficient to use incisions around the areola only.
Can I breastfeed after breast reduction surgery?
Many women are able to successfully breastfeed after breast reduction surgery. In order to breastfeed, the milk glands and ducts must remain connected to the nipple, along with their blood supply. Because breast tissue is removed, there can be a reduction in the amount of milk produced. At your confidential consultation, be sure to talk with Dr. Beckenstein about your desire to breastfeed in the future so that he can take it into consideration when planning your surgery.
Will my medical insurance pay for breast reduction?
While every insurance company has its own policies, many will cover part or all of the expense for breast reduction surgery. Coverage is more likely if you are experiencing health problems caused by overly large breasts, such as neck, back, or shoulder pain; bra strap indentations on your shoulders; rashes; and difficulty participating in high-impact activities, such as running and dance. Medical coverage tends to be dependent on the specific physical impacts for each woman. Therefore, we recommend contacting your provider to find out about your specific coverage.
For more information about breast reduction surgery and any of the other cosmetic procedures we offer, request a consultation online or call the office at (205) 933-9308 to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Beckenstein today.