Considering breast reduction surgery? Know your options.
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Breast reduction surgery ranks number one in patient satisfaction. Most women with large breasts experience back pain, shoulder pain, grooving from the bra straps and the rashes beneath the breasts – these symptoms can be immediately and permanently alleviated with reduction surgery. Some women are self-conscious about their excessive size and this too will show a dramatic improvement, as your breasts will become more proportional to the rest of your body. It will be easier to find appropriately fitting bras, bathing suits and clothing tops that match bottoms. Breast reduction at our Birmingham, AL, practice will give you a new sense of freedom that will enable you to engage in activities you were never able to do because of the discomfort you were experiencing. Many patients find their friends commenting that they look like they've lost weight, and many of our middle-aged breast reduction patients regret not having their procedure sooner.
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Dr. Beckenstein performs between 125 to 150 breast reductions each year and has performed close to 1,000 breast reduction surgeries. He realizes that one method might not be suited for every patient. For this reason, he has mastered several techniques and will determine which technique is best suited for your individual situation. Most plastic surgeons use one method and apply this to every patient, which may not yield the best results. With so many breast reduction patients choosing his practice over the years, Dr. Beckenstein and his staff have developed a high level of expertise in caring for you. The hospitals he works at also are proficient in your care, from the operating room through your overnight stay.
Dr. Beckenstein understands that his Birmingham and Huntsville breast reduction patients have many choices to make. That is why he is dedicated to providing you with his Comprehensive Consultation where you will be thoroughly educated about the procedure(s) that interest you. He has developed and offers monthly Breast Reduction Classes which are fun and informative ways to learn all about breast reduction in a classroom setting. You may also have your consultation during that visit as well! Over 400 women have attended these classes and their consistently favorable responses from their patient surveys proves it is a good experience! Whether you come for a personal visit or attend one of these classes, your visit is hosted in the relaxed, pleasant environment of our new state-of-the art office in Saint Vincent's North Tower. To learn more about breast reduction, request a Comprehensive Consultation with Dr. Beckenstein.
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This 28 year old was wearing a 40 EEE brassiere before her breast reduction was performed by plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein, in Birmingham, Alabama. He performed an inferior pedicle breast reduction. This patient is seen 16 months after her breast reduction and now wears a 40 D cup bra.
Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are those who experience back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and grooving from the bra straps. There are often rashes in the folds beneath the breasts as well. This group of symptoms is known as symptomatic macromastia. Some women may not experience any or all of these symptoms and might just feel their breasts are too large for them and want them reduced for aesthetic / cosmetic reasons. Candidates for surgery must be in good health and within 15 to 20% of their ideal body weight. The age range for this surgery spans from 19 to 75 years. Exceptions to these criteria are made on an individual basis. It is important to note that there are several nuances, side effects and complications associated with breast reduction. As with all aesthetic / cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, it is essential that you fully understand ALL of these issues BEFORE you proceed with your procedure. Dr. Beckenstein will assure that you are fully informed during your consultation with him.
Dr. Beckenstein utilizes and has become comfortable with several techniques of reduction, and he will find the method most appropriate for your situation. By evaluating you and listening to your desires and expectations, he will work with you to determine the right method of reduction for you.
Dr. Beckenstein makes sure that every breast reduction candidate has a complete and full understanding of her proposed procedure. He will thoroughly educate you on these procedures and make sure you fully understand all the risks, benefits, and alternatives associated with them prior to your surgery. He will listen attentively and carefully to your questions and concerns and assist you with your decision-making.
Most breast reduction patients have their procedures covered by their insurance carriers. Each company has its own criteria determine whether you are a good candidate to have your procedure covered. Upon your visit with Dr. Beckenstein, he will introduce you to his insurance specialist who will consult with you about your insurance coverage. She will discuss with you your benefits and your carrier's criteria. She will send your carrier all the necessary information to obtain a predetermination for your surgery. With certain carriers, she is able to obtain instantaneous responses at your first visit.
When deemed appropriate by Dr. Beckenstein, other procedures can be performed along with a reduction mammoplasty. A breast lift is often performed for women with overly large breasts, since breast size tends to create sagging and drooping, especially for older patients. Other commonly performed procedures include liposuction and tummy tuck. Find out whether our Birmingham BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can enhance your appearance even further.
A lumpectomy also can be performed for select patients during a breast reduction. For women with large breasts who require a lumpectomy, the tumor and an appropriate amount of surrounding breast tissue can be excised and the reconstruction performed as part of a single surgery, this is known as oncoplastic surgery.
If you would like to learn more about combination plastic surgery in Birmingham, you may schedule a Comprehensive Consultation with Dr. Beckenstein at his office on St. Vincent's Drive. Feel free to speak with an office associate at 866-MSBMD77 (866-672-6377) or request a Comprehensive Consultation right here online. An office associate will contact you promptly. Dr. Beckenstein's office staff will be delighted to answer any questions you might have and to assist you in any way.