4334 E. 53rd Street, Davenport, IA 52807
Large, pendulous breasts may cause a woman to experience various medical problems caused by the excessive weight of the breast tissue. Problems with back and neck pain posture, posture, and skin irritations are common with this condition. Bra straps often leave indentations in the shoulder area. Many women, are very self-conscious if they have unusually large breasts.
Breast reduction reduces fat, glandular tissue and excessive skin, resulting in smaller, lighter and firmer breasts that are better-shaped in proportion to the rest of the body. The operation is similar to the breast lift. The amount of tissue removed determines whether the operation is cosmetic or reconstructive. A breast lift removes only a small amount of tissue. A patient may want the breasts reduced just one cup size. In these cases it would be considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by insurance. Different insurance companies have different criteria but usually require a certain amount of tissue to be removed to relieve symptoms.
Some of our patients only want a small reduction or do not have insurance coverage and we can perform a self pay reduction in our accredited surgical suite. If insurance coverage if pre approved the surgery is usually done at a hospital.
Breast reduction has been reported as having a 95% rate of relief of neck and upper back pain. Many patients are extremely happy after the surgery.*
*Individual results may vary.
A small breast reduction can be done by liposuction alone. This is best is there is very little droop because the reduction of fat can result in more droop, but occasionally less droop if the skin was tight and some weight is reduced. This is not covered by insurance.
We have offered a short scar breast reduction for over 10 years. The incision is a “L” shaped scar that avoids the medial cleavage portion of the scar. This technique was first popular in Europe. It does take some time to settle and does have a slightly higher touch up rate. There is more fullness superiorly with this technique. It is best for smaller reductions or those with narrower body frames.
The traditional inverted “T” reduction is the most commonly performed breast reduction in the United States. This is best for removal of large amounts of breast tissue.
For all breast reductions, you must quit smoking as the nicotine can cause disastrous complications with healing of the nipple and other tissue.
There are trade offs for the breast reduction: scars, nipple numbness, and potential inability to breast feed. There can be differences in size or shape of the breasts or nipple areola area that require touch up surgery. There can be healing problems, hematoma (bleeding), infections, stitch reactions, and even nipple necrosis (rare in non smokers). The surgeon will discuss these risks in detail.
Breast reduction is one of our most common reconstructive operations. Patients who have the procedure for neck and back pain have very high rates of satisfaction.