The breast reduction procedure is designed to remove excess fat and tissue from overly large and heavy breasts. During your initial consultation, you will discuss the ideal breast size that you would like to achieve through breast reduction surgery. According to those measurements, our surgeon will customize a breast reduction surgical procedure based upon your breast size, and desired end result.
Breast reduction surgery does require the removal of excess breast tissue and extra skin. There are several types of surgery for this procedure and your physician will recommend one for you. He will also go over the scars and recovery specific to you.
All breast augmentation surgery is performed at our fully accredited surgery center, located within our facility. The surgery center is staffed with licensed specialists and work as a team to enhance your surgical experience.
Patients are able to recover in post-op before going home. Patients are cared for by our skilled staff and they will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable. After anesthesia is administered, the physician will give you a local anesthetic in your breast area to control bleeding and also help you in your initial recovery process.
Patients are released to go home with their support person(s) when the staff feels they can safely do so. Our staff will work with you to understand the recovery process, explain how implants settle and how the breast shape adjusts.
Our full-time anesthesia staff provides a range of options for anesthesia, including General and IV-Sedation. All of your anesthesia options will be reviewed with you before your surgery and will be selected based on prior surgical experience and also based on your current health.
Recovery differs from patient to patient. Most patients do report pain during the first few days following surgery and feel much better by the end of the first week. Patients are asked to take off a minimum of one week of work and most return to work after that. Most patients are back to normal before one month. Most patients report a tightness feeling in their chest area and some may also experience different tingling sensations as their nerves heal.
Exercise and strenuous activity is to be avoided for three weeks following surgery. Patients can gradually start to do simple exercises before that time. We do ask to refrain from chest work for a minimum of one month following surgery (for example, bench presses & push-ups). We encourage patients to listen to their body and not over do it. It is also important that patients understand that your heart rate and blood pressure can increase significantly during exercise, which can cause bleeding.
The approximate cost of the surgery is listed below. Because each surgery can be different, an accurate quote will be given to you at your consultation. There is an additional fee for the O.R. and Anesthesia.
Breast Reduction Surgery $6,500 - $8,000 (plus O.R. & Anesthesia fees)
Though breast reduction surgery is a relatively safe procedure; there are complications and risks associated with any surgical procedure. The list below is not comprehensive and the risks will be discussed fully at your consultation visit. Some of the risks include:
Scheduling a consultation with one of our physicians at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, located in Northern Virginia, is your first step to breast reduction surgery. During the consultation, your physician will spend time with you and will answer your questions regarding your goals. During your examination, your physician will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for this procedure. Your Patient Coordinator is your liaison and will work with you to make this a smooth process. She will spend time with you and explain the complete process.
Insurance coverage may be an option for some patients. Some insurance companies will provide coverage for certain procedures, however, many factors can influence your eligibility. Each insurance company will have different criteria for coverage. We are an out-of-network provider, but we will be happy to assist you in this process by handling all necessary paperwork to help you obtain any reimbursement that you are entitled to.