Excessively large and heavy breasts can be a physical and psychological burden. In addition to being uncomfortable, they can also make you feel self-conscious of your appearance, limit your clothing options and/or inhibit you from engaging in certain physical activities that you would otherwise enjoy. Surgical reduction of large breasts can help you feel more comfortable with smaller, lighter breasts.
Dr. Humberto Palladino performs breast reduction at his plastic surgery practice. For more information about breast reduction in El Paso or neighboring Southwest areas, please schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Palladino today.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
You will benefit from breast reduction if you experience physical or psychological side effects from oversized, pendulous breasts. Common side effects include the following:
- Back, neck or shoulder pain from the weight of your breasts
- Embarrassment or self-consciousness in social situations
- Skin irritation beneath your breasts
- Indentations on the shoulders from tight bra straps
- Restriction of physical activities / exercise
Dr. Palladino will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction during a private consultation. He will describe the procedure in greater detail and examine your breasts and body type. Some patients who undergo breast reduction surgery may also benefit from breast lift. Together, you and Dr. Palladino will come up with a plan of correction to give you the bust you desire.
Southwest Plastic Surgery patient, Kerstin, discusses her breast reduction procedure and her remarkable results.
The Procedure – What to Expect
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed at an accredited surgical facility. You will need to coordinate for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery and remain available for updates on your procedure and progress. When you first arrive at the surgery center on the day of your breast reduction, Dr. Palladino will answer any last-minute questions. He will also draw preoperative markings on your breasts, which will guide him during surgery. For your comfort, you will receive anesthesia or intravenous sedation. When surgery is over, you will rest in the recovery suite for a short time before being released to go home.
Your Recovery from Breast Reduction
Your breasts will likely be swollen, bruised and tender after surgery; these side effects disappear over time. For a quick recovery, you should rest as much as possible in the days following surgery, and limit any strenuous activities, bending, lifting or straining. Dr. Palladino will follow up with you several times after surgery to check your healing progress and answer any questions. Breast reduction recovery varies by patient, but you should be back to work and your normal routine within a week or two.
Typically a breast reduction surgery costs between $4,000 and $5,500 depending on the amount of reduction needed. In many cases, this procedure is covered by medical insurance. A medical history with proof of physical discomfort due to the size and weight of the breasts might need to be sent to the patient’s insurance company for approval. Dr. Palladino along with his staff will assist you in the process of getting your surgery pre-approved.
Learn More About Breast Reduction
If your large breasts are preventing you from feeling comfortable with your body, you have options for correction. Consider breast reduction surgery with El Paso plastic surgeon Humberto Palladino. Contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today at 915-590-7900 to schedule a breast surgery consultation with Dr. Palladino.
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