Breast Reduction

Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems causes by the excessive weight – from back and neck pain and skin irritation to skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Bra straps may leave indentions in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman, or a teenage girl, feel extremely self-conscious.

Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for these women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have surgery are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort.

Some insurances cover breast reduction surgery, but it is difficult to obtain approval from them. They normally require documentation of conservative treatment for the back and neck pain or skin irritations for a minimum of six months from your family physician and/or chiropractor. Many patients choose to have the surgery done on a self pay basis if their insurance will not approve or cover the procedure. Once patients are seen for their initial consult with Dr. Piskun, we will contact your insurance company for preauthorization. If unable to obtain approval for the surgery, we will provide the price quote for having the procedure as a cosmetic/self pay option.