Breast Reduction Little Rock, Arkansas

Breast Reduction Questions

What is is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery  is designed for women who have large breasts. Breast reduction surgery removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts making them firmer, smaller and tighter. Breast reduction surgery can also reduce the size of the areola.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for breast reduction?

If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms or conditions you may be considered a good candidate for a breast reduction:

  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to one's body size
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
  • Grooves in shoulders caused by tight bra straps
  • Heavy breasts that droop significantly, with downward pointing nipples and areolas
  • Breasts that are not equal in size (one significantly larger than the other)
  • Rashes and/or infection affecting the skin trapped beneath one's breasts
  • Inability to participate in athletic/physical activities due to breast size

What to expect after breast reduction surgery?

Many women report that they got relief from their neck and back pain almost overnight. While they were mainly hoping for relief from physical discomfort, they are pleasantly surprised that they look better, too. They feel that their figure is finally in proportion; they are happy that they can buy proper-fitting clothes (tops that match the bottoms). Most patients say their only regret is waiting so long to have the procedure and wished they had done it sooner.

Will my insurance cover breast reduction?

The answer is sometimes.  Dr. Michael Devlin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and Health Advantage insurance.  There is certain criteria that has to be met for your insurance to cover or partially cover a breast reduction.  During your consultation with me I will do several different measurements of your breasts.  Most insurance companies have a formula based on symptoms (for example rashes and back pain) as well as how much tissue needs to be removed based on height and weight.  I will then write to your insurance company and give them my opinion. I have an experienced staff to help you get approved through your insurance process.

Will I still be able to breastfeed after a breast reduction?

The ducts to the nipple are often disrupted during this procedure. You still may produce breast milk but since the ducts are disturbed you may not be able to breastfeed exclusively without supplementing.  It is generally recommended that you wait until you are finished having children to have a breast reduction, as pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts.

Is there pain?

You may have a moderate amount of discomfort right after surgery that is easily controlled with the medication that I prescribe. By the second week after surgery this discomfort is greatly diminished, and by the third week it should be completely gone.

When will I have appointments?

Dr. Michael Devlin typically will see you back three to four days after your surgery. There will be multiple visits (which are included in your care) to evaluate your progress and support your healing needs.

What are the benefits associated with breast reduction?

Patients who undergo breast reduction can look forward to relieved head, neck, shoulder, and back pain. They may also be able to participate in strenuous activities more easily. Additionally, an improved self-esteem is often experienced.

Why do some patients have drain tubes after surgery?

In many instances, small drain tubes will be placed in your breasts to help avoid the accumulation of fluids, and they will be removed a few days after your surgery.

How will I feel after my surgery?

Immediately following your breast reduction you will feel tired and groggy from the anesthesia and that is why it is required that a family member or friend drives you home. 

The day after surgery, you start moving around more; get out of bed for short periods of time. This not only will help you to feel better but it will help to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. I recommend you sleep on your back for the first couple of weeks to avoid any pressure on your breasts.

If you had drains inserted during your surgery, they will be removed in 3-4 days. You will be instructed to wear a sports bra for six weeks. Dr. Michael Devlin uses all dissolvable stitches so there is no stitches that need to be removed.

Is it normal for my breasts to lose sensitivity after breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery does run the risk of nipple sensation loss. You may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas, and this is usually temporary although it may take weeks, months, or even up to one year before sensation returns to normal.

Can I have a breast reduction before I have children?

Dr. Michael Devlin will usually advise that if you want children you should consider postponing breast reduction surgery. Changes to breast tissue during pregnancy could alter your results.  Another risk is that after breast reduction surgery breastfeeding may be difficult.

Is the nipple left attached to the breast during the breast reduction procedure?

In most breast reductions, the nipple is left attached to the breast, with the exception being in patients that have extremely large breasts.  In this case, occasionally the nipple needs to be removed and reattached in a procedure called a free nipple graft.

If there are any other questions you have regarding Breast Reduction surgery contact Devlin Cosmetic Surgery today.

Plastic surgeon Michael Devlin, M.D.

Devlin Cosmetic Surgery: Michael Devlin, M.D.

Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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