Breast Reduction Common Questions Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
- How long does the surgery itself take?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes anywhere from two to four hours. Breast reduction is usually a more extensive procedure than other breast enhancement procedures and you should expect to spend two or three days in the hospital after surgery.
- Will breast reduction prevent me from breast feeding?
It may. During most breast reduction the nipple is not completely detached, but in some cases it will be completely removed and grafted to a higher area of the breast. Also, pregnancy can cause unpredictable changes in your breasts. If you plan to become pregnant in the future you should consider postponing breast reduction.
- Does breast reduction leave scars?
Yes. Dr. Hicks will make every effort to minimize visible scars, but you should be aware that breast reduction leaves more visible scarring than other procedures such as breast augmentation. The scars will be primarily on the lower half of the breast, so cleavage should not be affected.
- Are the results permanent?
Yes. Breast reduction creates immediately noticeable results, but it may take six months to a year for your breasts to settle into their new shape. Hormonal shifts and weight gain or loss may still cause your breasts to fluctuate in size and shape.
- How long is the recovery period?
You will be able to resume light activity in about two weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a month.
- Is a breast reduction painful?
You will experience some pain for the first day or two, and discomfort may last for a week. You may also experience shooting pains for the first few months. Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication to minimize any discomfort.
- Will my health insurance pay for breast reduction?
Unlike most cosmetic procedures, health insurance will usually cover breast reduction surgery because it’s primarily chosen for health reasons rather than purely cosmetic reasons. Talk to your insurance company and review your policy carefully. You may need to request that Dr. Hicks write a “predetermination letter” in order for the procedure to be covered.