About Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is both a functional as well a cosmetic surgery procedure that can often be covered by your health insurance. Breast reduction has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any procedure in plastic surgery. The goals of breast reduction are obviously to reduce the size of the breast to a size and shape that is aesthetically pleasing and proportionate to the rest of your body. Large breasts frequently develop during puberty and with pregnancies. They can be a source of source of physical discomfort as well as a cause for self-consciousness and poor self esteem. Frequent reasons women give for wanting a breast reduction include:
- Back and shoulder pain from the weight of large breasts
- Bra strap grooving
- Rashes under the breast from chafing and sweat
- Inability to exercise due to the weight of the breasts
- Inability to exercise due to embarrassment and inappropriate stares
- Inability to find clothes that fit
- Embarrassment and poor self esteem
Abnormally large breasts can create social, functional, and physical challenges for women. Furthermore, uneven and very large breasts can lead to self-confidence issues and overall embarrassment, as well as pain in both the neck and back. Dr. Phillip Chang is a plastic surgeon in Leesburg, VA who continues to help countless women get back their confidence and feel more comfortable through surgical reduction of the breasts. This aesthetic surgery at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center removes excess breast fat and skin, as well as unhealthy tissue to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. Breast reduction surgery also reshapes the size of the nipples/areolas and moves them so they are symmetrical with the new size. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to produce a more taut and younger-looking appearance. Call our office in Leesburg, VA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang today.
Breast Reduction Ideal Candidates
If you are challenged with extremely large and heavy breasts that create obstacles in your everyday life, cosmetic breast reduction may be what you need to get the contour you wish for. Breast reduction is helpful for women who experience constant worry or find it difficult to live a fulfilled and active life because of the weight of their breasts. If you also deal with consistent skin inflammations or irritations (as well as back or neck pain), breast reduction surgery can eliminate these medical conditions. It's crucial that patients are at a normal weight, and choose a trained surgeon like Dr. Chang who listens to their desired outcome and has the aptitude to create a pleasing and natural appearance.
You are a good candidate for a breast reduction if :
- You feel that your breasts are too large for your body
- You want natural appearing but smaller breasts
- You want a breast lift in addition to smaller breasts
- If you have one breast that is much larger than the other
- You want a reduction in the areola
- The breasts are large enough that you don’t care about the scars
Breast Reduction Reviews
"For a long time I had imagined what it would be like to have breast reduction surgery, but I always thought it was only other women who could do such a thing, not me. Thanks to an upbeat story in the Washington Post by a woman whose life was changed by breast reduction, I finally looked into it. I chose to consult Dr. Chang because of his reputation in the community and because a friend had an outstanding experience under Dr. Chang's care in an emergency situation. From the day of my consultation through a month post-surgery, I have had nothing but outstanding care and service by Dr. Chang, his staff, and the outpatient surgery clinic where I had the procedure. Dr. Chang and his staff are completely consistent with the information they give you. They are kind, caring, patient, and encouraging. For the first time in my life, I am completely happy with my appearance and --more so -- the way I feel 24 hours a day. If you're considering breast reduction, just do it!"- J.E. / Google / Aug 07, 2016
"Never wrote a review before, but was compelled to write one after my experience as a patient of Dr. Chang. When you are considering surgery it is very important not only to look at the surgeon’s credentials but also what patients are saying about their experiences. Dr. Chang is not only a first class plastic surgeon; he is very honest and very supportive just like his staff members. I have long considered getting a mammoplasty (breast reduction). I did not think I could not afford it. I went in for a free consultation. I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. Chang took the time to examine me first to see if I was a candidate. He told me to consider going through my insurance company because he thought it was medically necessary (Honest). He wrote a letter on my behalf, the insurance company did not approve me. Dr. Chang and Karen his assistant persisted. He felt it was a medical issue not a cosmetic one and it should be approved. They wrote letters again, included pictures etc. To my amazement I was approved YES YES!!!!! Because they persisted and did not give up. I could not believe it. I just had my surgery 10 days ago. Everything went well. I am home recovering and have already had 2 follow-up visits. I am so grateful to Dr. Chang and his staff. They have all been so supportive. Before you do anything consult Dr. Chang, he will tell you his honest opinion and trust me you will not be disappointed!!!!!!!!!"- P.J. / Google / Aug 07, 2014
"Love Dr. Chang!!! I had a triple just a few years ago - AWESOME results! I go regularly for IPLs and Facials! I recently had a breast reduction surgery.....EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED!!!! I couldn't be happier with the results!!! The staff is very friendly and welcoming. They get you in right away, which is important since I drive three hours to get there! Well worth the drive!"- S.S. / Google / Sep 07, 2017
"Never wrote a review before, but was compelled to write one after my experience as a patient of Dr. Chang. When you are considering surgery it is very important not only to look at the surgeon’s credentials but also what patients are saying about their experiences. Dr. Chang is not only a first class plastic surgeon; he is very honest and very supportive just like his staff members. I have long considered getting a mammoplasty (breast reduction). I did not think I could not afford it. I went in for a free consultation. I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. Chang took the time to examine me first to see if I was a candidate. He told me to consider going through my insurance company because he thought it was medically necessary (Honest). He wrote a letter on my behalf, the insurance company did not approve me. Dr. Chang and Karen his assistant persisted. He felt it was a medical issue not a cosmetic one and it should be approved. They wrote letters again, included pictures, called etc. To my amazement I was approved YES YES!!!!! Because they persisted and did not give up. I could not believe it. I just had my surgery 10 days ago. Everything went well. I am home recovering and have already had 2 follow-up visits. I am so grateful to Dr. Chang and his staff. They have all been so supportive.Thanks again to Karen and Dr Chang. If you consider plastic surgery, consult Dr.Chang, he will tell you his honest opinion. Trust me you will not be disappointed!!!!!!!!!"- P.J. / Google / Aug 07, 2014
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient process and is conducted with the patient under general anesthesia.
The principles of any breast reduction procedure is to provide you with smaller but natural appearing breasts in a safe environment. This is why all our breast reductions are performed in an ambulatory surgery center or hospital ( not our own office ) where there are board certified anesthesiologists taking care of your well-being while I take care of your breasts.
There are three principle techniques in performing a breast reduction. The technique chosen depends on how much of a reduction is wanted, how much the nipple needs to be lifted, and how much extra skin needs to be addressed. These three techniques are described below but in short, the donut technique is appropriate for only the smallest of reductions; the lollipop technique is appropriate for moderate lifts; and the anchor style technique is appropriate for larger lifts that insurance will mostly cover. Each of these techniques have similar goals:
- Minimize scarring
- Elevate the nipple to the level of the under-breast crease
- Decrease the size of the areola to about 4 cm in diameter
- Provide a nice tear-drop shape with adequate cleavage
Breast Reduction with Donut Style Incisions - Breast reductions using a donut-style incision is performed for very small breast reductions in patients who do not need a lot of lift. If the areola size is too wide or the areola needs to be lifted more than about 2 cm, the donut incision will widen with time. This means that even though the length of the incision is shorter compared to the others, gravity will widen the incision and make it more visible.
Breast Reduction with Lollipop Style Incisions - Breast reductions using a lollipop incision is designed for middle sized reductions or for patients who need the nipple to be lifted more than 2 cm. The donut incision around the areola is extended downward which takes the tension off the areola. In this way, the scar around the areola is less conspicuous even though the overall length of inte scar is longer. This technique also provides for excellent cleavage. This technique is best for patients who need only a reduction of about a cup size.
Breast Reduction with Anchor Style Incisions - Breast reductions using an anchor-style incision is designed for larger reductions or for patients who need the nipple to be lifted more than 4 cm. The donut incision around the areola is extended downward which takes the tension off the areola. An incision is then made along the infra-breast crease to remove extra skin and fat that tends to bunch up in this area. Insurance will cover breast reductions that are generally in this category. Insurance will generally insist on the removal of about 500 grams of breast tissue per breast for them to cover the procedure This is about the size of a grapefruit.
What to Expect with Breast Reduction
Once surgery has been completed, you will be monitored closely in our comfortable recovery facility and then discharged home to begin the healing process. A small, tube-like draining device is usually inserted near the incision area to reduce bleeding and swelling. A compression bra will be put in place for a few days that will boost blood circulation to the breasts during the immediate recovery. In a month or so, the breasts will position themselves and settle and the post-surgery effects will disappear. The vast selection of our patients at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center say they feel relieved, lighter, and more reassured. Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy the clothes you could not wear before and feel enthusiastic about your new contour. Keep in mind it is important to maintain a healthy body weight so the outcomes are not affected in a negative way.
Pain after a breast reduction:
Breast reductions tend not to be very painful. This is because muscle is usually not involved.. A special thing that we do with all our patients is place long acting pain medicine directly into the muscle providing good pain control for the first day. Most patients will take a prescribed narcotic pain medication for at least 2-3 days. Patients can change to advil or tylenol after 3 days. Patients can purchase a pain medication called experil from the surgery center. This provides near-complete pain relief for 3 days.
Return to work after a breast reduction surgery:
Most patients will :
- Return to work in about 7-10 days ( but will still be sore )
- Return to light walking and 10 pound weights in 5 days
- Return to aerobic exercise and 20 pound weights in 21 days
- Drive in 7-10 days or have stopped narcotic medications for 48 hours
When will you see the final results of a breast reduction:
Feel engorged for 3 months
Decreased or sometimes increased sensitivity in the nipples for 3-6 months
Scars will not whiten for 12-18 months ( use scar creams for silicone sheets for up to 3 months )
Final shape is not apparent for 6 months to a year
What are the risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Only you can decide whether a breast reduction can achieve your goals and whether the recovery and risk profile are acceptable to you. Fortunately, significant complications from breast reduction surgeries are relatively infrequent. The most common complications are problems with delayed healing, infection from the stitches, minor tissue loss in areas of delayed healing, residual fullness in the lateral breast, and widened or thickened scars
Although infrequent, the risks and complications of breast augmentation can include
- Bleeding, hematoma, or bruising
- Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures
- Loss of sensation of the nipple
- Widened or thickened scar
- Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
- Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional procedures. Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.
Why should you choose Dr. Chang to perform your breast reduction?
Breast Reduction surgery is not only technically demanding but the surgery is an art that requires the highest level of surgical skill to perform to give you the best cosmetic results. For this reason, it is very important for you to choose a surgeon that not only has a high degree of surgical skill and experience, but one who can artistically combine all of the tools and techniques available to provide you with a individualized and unique experience and natural appearing outcome.
Dr. Chang is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has gained a national reputation for providing his patients with natural and sensually feminine results. He has been voted as one of the top plastic surgeons in Loudoun and Northern Virginia year after year. His work has been featured in national publications such as New Beauty magazine and his YouTube channel which highlights his surgical techniques has attracted thousands of followers and students. He is expert in performing the donut technique, the lollipop technique, an the anchor technique of breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is often covered by insurance. Our office has extensive experience with insurance companies in Virginia. We will do our best in trying to get your breast reduction covered.
Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast reduction cost?
The cost of a breast reduction surgery depends on the type of breast reduction that you require as well as the addition of any other procedures. Cost should be only a small factor in choosing the plastic surgeon that you want to provide you with the breast that will be part of you for the foreseeable future. Reduction surgery usually leads to a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, which is why our staff will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment easy to afford. We will also help you talk to your insurance provider to see if your policy covers some of your expenses. The prices listed below are subject to change. Facility center fees are only estimates
- Surgeon’s fee - Donut breast reduction - $4,000.
- Surgeon’s fee - Lollipop breast reduction - $6,000
- Surgeon’s fee - Anchor breast reduction - $7,500
- Surgery Center Fees - $ 3,000
- VIP Members may have a discounted rate
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is often covered by insurance. Our office has extensive experience with insurance companies in Virginia. We will do our best in trying to get your breast reduction covered. If your enlarged breasts are causing you problems such as neck pain, back pain, or rashes under the breasts, your health insurance will possibly cover your surgery. Keep in mind that most insurance companies will require a minimal reduction of about 400-500 grams per breast. This is equivalent to the size of a grapefruit
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a central position during breast reduction surgery. If a significant amount of tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola may be cut out and moved. Dr. Chang will select an incision technique so the nipple and areola are easy to move higher. It's also possible to perform an areola reduction to reduce the size of the areolas. Your options will be explained in your consultation before Dr. Chang helps you choose the best plan to meet your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Chang suggests that patients be done with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts may get smaller or bigger with dramatic weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy weight prior to your surgery so that you can easily maintain your shape. In your consultation, Dr. Chang will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Will a Breast Lift be included in my Breast Reduction Surgery?
A breast Lift if included in ALL breast reduction surgeries. They are both similar procedures; the difference is that breast lift is mostly a skin removal surgery while a breast reduction will remove both skin and breast tissue. The goal of both procedures is to lift the nipple position to the level of the under-breast crease.
When can I return to work after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is not particularly painful as it does not typically involve the chest muscle. Most patients will return to work in about a week even though they may still be a little sore.
When will I see results after a breast reduction?
It is not unusual for a patient to thank me profusely immediately after the surgery because they immediately feel the relief of having the weight of the breast removed. In addition, their breasts are immediately elevated and reshaped. Having said this, it will take about 3-6 months for the breasts to completely settle. And it will take about 1 to 1.5 years for the scars to lighten and flatten.
What can I expect and what are the goals of a breast reduction?
The goals of a breast reduction are to:
- Reduce the size of the breast to a size that is more proportionate to your frame
- Minimize scars
- Reshape the breast to provide extra cleavage and teardrop shape
- Elevate the nipple to the level of the under-breast crease
- Reduce the size of the areola to about 4 cm in diameter
What are the physical benefits of a breast reduction?
- Reduction in back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Reduce bra strap grooving
- Reduce under-breast chafing and rashes
Should I worry about scarring after a breast reduction?
Scarring is an inevitable part of a breast reduction. It is important to keep in mind that despite the obvious length of the incisions, breast reduction remains the plastic surgery procedure with the number one patient satisfaction rate of anything that we do. This is because it is not simply a cosmetic procedure; it is also a functional procedure. And this is why your insurance is often willing to pay for it. Having said this, we try to minimize the appearance of your scars as much as possible. We use the most modern surgical techniques available to limit the size and appearance of incisions following your breast reduction procedure. Multiple layers of internal stitching following your procedure also helps minimize scar appearance during the healing process. Most of our patients, however, feel that the beautiful final results outweigh any concerns over visible scars.
Are the results of a breast reduction permanent?
No. Nothing about aging is permanent. Weight changes and gravity will see to that. Most women, however, will never need a second procedure
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Chang has helped so many women regain their body, mind, and spirit for a more engaging life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During the consultation at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, Dr. Chang will go over all of the steps to attain your aesthetic desires and tailor a customized surgical plan to fit your goals. There's no reason to continue simply accepting the lack of confidence or discomfort that can accompany large breasts. Please call our office in Leesburg, VA to understand more about this life-changing breast reduction surgery.