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Breast Lift & Breast Reduction FAQ

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is a tuck of the extra skin present in the breast. The volume of breast tissue is left, but the nipple complex is lifted to a more pleasing position by tucking the extra skin around it. A scar around the nipple areola complex is necessary, and possibly an up and down extension from that scar towards the fold under the breast. It differs from a breast reduction in that no breast tissue is removed.

Why should I get a breast reduction?

Patients who have heavy, pendulous, hanging breasts, which cause upper back pain, shoulder, and neck pain are candidates for the breast reduction procedure. The constant weight load on those areas cause chronic back and neck problems that may require surgery on those areas in the future.

How soon can I get back to work after the procedures?

Usually one week out of work is sufficient. Most women are uncomfortable only for a few days. All absorbable sutures are used, and recovery is completed in a sports bra.

Are my results permanent?

Unfortunately, no. Over time the breasts will sag again. The time it may depend on weight gain or loss, future pregnancies etc. Breasts will occasionally change size in the future either getting larger or smaller depending on the same factors.

Will breast reduction be covered by insurance?

It depends on the insurance company, and your condition. Most insurance companies now require 6 months of physical therapy to try conservative treatments for the back and shoulder pain. They require the patient to be under 180 pounds, and to be at least a DD cup.

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