What is breast reduction surgery?
For our Georgia patients who have large, heavy breasts that cause significant back and neck pain, breast reduction surgery is often their last option for relief. In breast reduction surgery, board certified plastic surgeon Mark Crispin makes a few small incisions in your breasts. He then removes some breast tissue in order to relieve the strain you’re suffering, and he re-shapes the remaining tissue and lifts your breasts.
What’s the recovery from breast reduction surgery like?
Every patient is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all breast reduction category. Dr. Crispin will walk you through all the details of the procedure and recovery before you undergo your breast reduction.
However, as a general rule you can expect a full recovery from your breast reduction to take up to four months. There will be some discomfort and swelling in the weeks immediately after your breast reduction; this is common and does not indicate a more significant problem. Dr. Crispin can prescribe you medication for the pain.
You should avoid any strenuous activity for about four weeks after your breast reduction procedure.
Is breast reduction safe?
The breast reduction procedure has an excellent safety record, and you can be confident with Dr. Crispin as your doctor. He has almost two decades of experience with the breast reduction procedure and will be able to minimize risks as much as possible.
Breast reduction, like all surgeries, does carry certain risks. Those include:
- Loss of sensation in the nipples
- Uneven shape
How will my breasts look after breast reduction surgery? Will I have scars?
As part of the breast reduction surgery, Dr. Crispin will re-shape your remaining breast tissue into a more natural, comfortable shape. He’ll then lift your nipples into a position that more closely matches the new size and shape of your breasts. For some examples, please check out our breast reduction gallery.
Breast reduction surgery does produce some scarring. A better surgeon means less scarring, and Dr. Crispin will discuss scarring potential with you before the procedure.
Will insurance cover my breast reduction?
Because breast reduction surgery provides clear benefits, it is often covered by your insurance. This will vary from plan to plan, and you should speak with our office and your insurance provider. But many women have found that their insurance company covers their breast reduction surgery.
If you have questions about breast reduction surgery in the Atlanta, Georgia area, please contact Mark E. Crispin, MD, PC today to schedule a consultation.