Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction

Approximately one million women in the U.S. struggle with symptoms directly related to large breasts. Most common complaints include neck, back and shoulder pain. Such chronic pain and discomfort can come in the form of negatively impacting a women’s life. Everyday activities such as exercising, driving, and even wearing a bra become uncomfortable. Migraine headaches, hand numbness, and rashes under the breasts are additional symptoms of Macromastia or overly large breasts. Social stigmas associated with overly large breasts can also lead to self-esteem issues for women.Surveys have shown that breast reduction surgery offers the happiest patient outcomes of all plastic surgery procedures. Many women undergoing the procedure often wonder why they didn’t pursue it much, much sooner.

Although there are a number of different techniques, all of them share the advantage of both reducing and lifting the breasts for a much more youthful appearance. Symmetry of both breasts are also a goal of breast reduction surgery. The Areola around the nipples is usually reduced in diameter and nipple sensation is usually preserved, as is the continued ability to lactate.

The Procedure

Surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art, accredited surgical facility in our Kirkland clinic. All surgeries in our clinic are considered “outpatient surgeries”. We avoid general anesthesia, preferring to give ‘twilight sleep’ and leaving the patient with the ability to breathe on their own. Dr. Partington will carefully follow the surgical plan he has set forth with you, using the safest technique to get you through your surgery comfortably. The time estimated for your surgery will be determined after a physical exam by Dr. Partington at your consultation. You will be observed for a short period of time following your procedure and when cleared by Dr. Partington, released to go home with the adult caretaker you have chosen.

The Recovery

Post-operative pain is usually moderate and well controlled with oral pain medications. Recovery time is usually 10 to 14 days. Some patients are able to return to work in a few days, while others prefer to take more time off. There are scars associated with Breast Reduction and patients scar in different ways. For most patients, scars start out red and eventually fade into inconspicuous lines. The vast majority of patients feel that the eventual faded scars are a worthwhile trade-off for the improvement in their body shape, chronic pain and self-esteem.

The Financing

Breast reduction is sometimes covered by insurance, though this involves strict guidelines about how much tissue needs to be removed to satisfy coverage requirements and needs to be pre-approved by your insurance company beforehand. These requirements can involve having to over reduce the tissue of the breast, which after surgery can look like patient was left with no breast tissue at all. Breast reduction can be a simple cosmetic, out of pocket surgery as well. Total cost for breast reduction typically varies between $6,000.00 and $9,000.00 which includes pre and post op appointments, the surgical fee, anesthesia fee and required recovery garments. We understand that financing is a concern for many people and an important part of the decision making process. We offer several options for financing (and?) will work with you on a financing plan that suits your needs.  Contact us or visit our blog today for more information.

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Dr. Marshall T. Partington MD, F.A.C.S. is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients in the Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland areas. Dr. Partington is known for his cutting edge surgical techniques to deliver natural-looking results to his patients. Dr. Partington views each person and their story as a new journey with a very specific and unique objective. The happiness and gratitude of our patients is his greatest reward of all.

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