Why Do Women Decide to Get a Breast Reduction?
Oversized breasts can cause physical strain, leading to pain in the back and neck. In addition, enlarged breasts can sometimes make a woman more prone to rashes and skin irritation, particularly on the underside of the breasts.
More than anything else, though, women may tire of the awkwardness or self-consciousness they feel due to their breast size. Breasts that are disproportionately large for a woman’s frame can cause difficulty finding clothing that fits appropriately. All of these are serious issues that can be fully addressed through breast reduction.
The Benefits of Getting a Breast Reduction
Dr. Mariam Awada is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience providing breast reduction procedures. Well-known for her aesthetic focus and artistic sensibility, Dr. Mariam Awada works to achieve results that look natural and beautiful.
There are various other benefits to choosing a breast reduction procedure at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery. Some of these benefits include:
- Relief from chronic pain, including back pain and nerve pain
- Greater comfort when exercising, playing sports, or simply pursuing an active lifestyle
- Increased ease in finding appropriately-sized, flattering clothing
- A boost in self-esteem and relief from any feelings of self-consciousness
- A decrease in rashes, yeast infections, and other irritations of the skin
Before & After
Breast reduction surgery can make a world of difference for your physical appearance and self-esteem. Take a look at our before and after gallery to see for yourself.
The Procedure Process Explained
The process itself may vary a little bit from one patient to the next. With that said, here is a general overview of what you should expect.
During this initial step of the process, you will sit down for a relaxed, confidential discussion with Dr. Mariam Awada. She will ask about your reasons for seeking a breast reduction, and listen carefully as you explain your aesthetic goals. The doctor will then create a personalized treatment plan, and conduct a brief medical evaluation to ensure your candidacy for surgery.
What Should I Do in Preparation?
You can do a few things to make sure you are prepared for a safe, successful breast reduction. Dr. Mariam Awada will provide you with detailed instructions when you come for a consultation. Specifically, she will let you know of any medications you need to abstain from, particularly those that may contribute to bleeding. We also advise patients to cease smoking or using tobacco products.
What is it Like During Surgery?
It is only natural to feel apprehensive about experiencing any pain or discomfort during the surgery itself. Please rest assured that patient wellbeing is a top priority, and we utilize full anesthesia options to maintain your comfort. You will not feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery itself.
Breast reduction surgeries are typically performed on an outpatient basis in our in-house operating room. The procedure can take anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the patient.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Recovery?
Following any kind of surgical procedure, your body will need some time to rest and heal. Breast reduction is no exception. You will feel some pain and soreness for a few days, but medication can help you manage it. You can also anticipate some swelling and bruising, which will gradually fade.
Most breast reduction patients feel prepared to resume their normal activities after a week or so. However, you will need to wait up to a month before you can lift items over your head.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
“Dr. Awada took a lot of time and care in her consultation to explain my options and answer all my questions. She was kind and genuine and made me feel very comfortable.”
-Patient from RealSelf
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost in Michigan?
The cost of breast reduction can vary from one patient to the next, based on the scope and complexity of the procedure.
You can always check to see if your insurance will cover part of the cost. If your breast reduction is linked to a medical diagnosis, such as chronic nerve pain, insurance may help. Also, note that we are happy to offer flexible financing options.
Other Things to Consider Before Getting a Breast Reduction
At Michigan Cosmetic Surgery, we are passionate about educating our patients, providing them with total confidence in their treatment decisions. If you ever have any questions for our all-female team, reach out to us at any time. In the meantime, here are a few responses to common inquiries from patients.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
Any time you have surgery, there is some level of risk in terms of anesthesia complications and infection. You can minimize these risks by selecting a qualified and experienced surgeon and following aftercare instructions as carefully as possible.
In rare cases, patients may experience a change in breast or nipple sensation. These effects may be permanent or temporary. Blood clots and fluid retention are also possible complications that can be mitigated through proper post-operative care.
Will I Need to Request Extensive Time Off from Work?
A breast reduction is a major surgery, and after your procedure, you will need some time for your body to recuperate. You may have some significant swelling, which can make you reluctant to head back to work right away.
As a rule of thumb, most patients are ready to return to the office after about a week of rest. The exception is if your job requires heavy lifting, in which case you may need to take more extensive time off.
Scars After the Surgery
You will have some scars from your breast reduction surgery, but the placement and size of your scars can vary depending on the surgical technique used. This, in turn, depends on how much volume you wish to lose.
You can minimize scarring by making sure you work with a qualified surgeon, and by carefully following any aftercare instructions that are given to you. Scars typically fade with time, and within a year, may be barely visible.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Breast reduction results will typically last a lifetime. That is to say, any skin, fat, and tissue removed from your breasts will be gone forever and will not grow back.
With that said, significant weight gain can lead to new fat deposits in your breasts, which may cause your overall breast size to increase.
Does My Insurance Cover the Procedure?
All health insurance policies are different, and it is always advisable to check the specifics of your plan. Generally speaking, breast reduction is considered aesthetic and thus is not covered by insurance. If you have a doctor recommend breast reduction as a treatment for back or nerve pain, however, then you may get some help from your insurer.
Is Breast Reduction Surgery Really Worth It?
Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide whether breast reduction is right for you. If you are someone who struggles with feelings of self-consciousness or with chronic back and neck pain resulting from oversized breasts, then breast reduction is certainly something to consider.
Our all-female team is happy to answer any questions to help you make an informed decision.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
For many women, a breast reduction offers incredible, life-changing results. Dr. Mariam Awada is known for her friendly, personal touch and would love to tell you more about your options for reducing the size of your breasts.
To make an appointment with Dr. Mariam Awada, our board-certified plastic surgeon, we welcome you to contact our office. Reach out to Michigan Cosmetic Surgery to get the breasts you have always wanted.