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Breast Reduction Dallas
Breast reduction provides Dallas/Fort Worth, TX women with a way to improve their body contour, relive neck, back and shoulder pain, and alleviate other musculoskeletal symptoms caused by heavy, overdeveloped breasts. It’s a procedure that meets or exceeds the very high expectations of our Dallas patients who are not only looking for pain relief, but also a younger, trimmer body shape and new confidence.
If you live in or around Dallas and breast reduction is something you’re considering, learn more about the potentially dramatic impact it can have on your life. Click to request $100 off your consultation, and come in to talk with Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Byrd.
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Answers to Common Questions
Does insurance cover breast reduction?
Sometimes insurance plans cover breast reduction. There is a guideline called the Schnur Scale. It indicates how much breast volume needs to be removed in relation to the patients height-to-weight (or body surface area) ratio in order to receive insurance coverage. Dr. Byrd and his staff can assist you with this determination. If you have a documented history of back pain, neck, or shoulder pain that has been treated, along with recommendation for surgery from that physician and your OB/GYN, then this will help make a stronger case with your insurance.
Will I lose nipple sensation? Is the nipple detached?
The nipple/areola is not detached from the breast. It is moved up into a new position while remaining connected to its underlying breast tissue. Depending on the volume of breast tissue removed, there will be some loss of nipple sensation. Most patients have approximately 85% of their nipple sensation back after about one year post-surgery.
How long is the recovery? When will I be able to go back to work?
The procedure does not necessarily require an overnight stay, but Dr. Byrd prefers that patients stay overnight so that they can easily remove the drains and change the dressings the next day. Sutures are removed 6 to 7 days post-op. Another visit 10 to 14 days later is also scheduled to check healing and begin scar care therapy. Most patients take about 10 days off work. No lifting for 3 weeks.
How can I reduce the appearance of scars?
Apply silicone gel sheeting to the incisions as soon as they have adequately healed (usually about 2 weeks post-op). Protect the scars from sun/tanning bed rays for at least 4 months, if not indefinitely.
Will a breast reduction affect the accuracy of future mammograms?
Essentially, no. Depending on age and family history of breast cancer, you should have a mammogram before your reduction and one year post-op. This provides a baseline picture of the breasts’ architecture. If questions related to mammograms arise in the future, the doctor can compare the new films to the baselines.
Dr. Byrd’s Approach
The nature and type of incision used in breast reduction depends on the breast size and the amount of sag or droop in the nipple. Moderate to large breast reductions generally require an incision around the nipple as well as an incision extending vertically down from the nipple and out into the fold beneath the breast. This incision is referred to as an inverted “T” or anchor incision. Its purpose is threefold:
- Reduce the size of the breast
- Allow upward positioning of the nipple
- Shape or “cone” the breast into a more natural-looking projecting form
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for breast reduction share many of the same characteristics and symptoms, including:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Pain in the breast area
- Large breasts disproportionate to body size
- Deep and sometimes painful grooves in the shoulder from bra straps
- Intertrigo (rash and inflammation) on the underside of the breast
- Occasionally, numbness in the fingers
Cosmetic surgery patients who have reasonable expectations concerning their body shape and who can accept the necessary scars as a reasonable trade-off are good candidates. Many of the benefits are immediate, but it takes some time for the incision sites to lighten so that the scars aren’t as visible. If you plan to lose weight or are in the process of doing so, complete your weight loss before undertaking your breast reduction surgery. For some people, breast reduction can be combined with a tummy tuck to improve the overall body contour.
How the Procedure Is Performed
Recovery: What to Expect
Most of our breast reduction patients wish they had their plastic surgery sooner to relieve physical and emotional distress. Don’t wait. Make an appointment today for a consultation in our office on North Central Expressway downtown. Request $100 off your consultation, and come in to talk with Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Byrd, or call (214) 821-9662 for an appointment.