Annapolis Breast Reduction

annapolis breast reduction

Too many women, including those who liven the Annapolis area, know the discomfort and inconvenience of breasts that are too large for their frame. The secret to beauty is symmetry, and overly large breasts make a body asymmetrical and unbalanced. Bra straps dig into shoulders, necks and backs hurt, and nice, flattering clothes are hard to come by. The woman’s self-esteem may be affected as well. Our surgeons and staff at Plastic Surgery Specialists are here to help with Annapolis breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Candidates

Before breast reduction surgery, a client will have a consultation with one of our board certified cosmetic surgeons here at Plastic Surgery Specialists. The surgeon will listen to her goals when it comes to the surgery, answer her questions, and respond honestly to any fears she may have. It is a good idea for a client to write down questions and concerns and bring them to the consultation so she doesn’t forget them.

Our surgeons will take the patient’s medical history and ask what sorts of medications and supplements she takes. They’ll ask about her alcohol consumption and whether she smokes. If she does smoke, she needs to quit at least two weeks before the surgery, for smoking interferes with healing. If she’s deemed a good candidate, our doctor will take measurements and photos, and discusses how much breast tissue needs to be removed. They might give the client a breast exam and schedule a mammogram to make sure all is well.

A good candidate is a premenopausal woman whose breasts have stopped growing, whose breasts are very dense, who is in good mental and physical health and has realistic expectations when it comes to the surgery.


Dr. Buhrer talks about breast reduction options.

Dr. Buhrer Explains Breast Reduction Procedures

Hi I’m Dr. Paul Buhrer I’m one of the two board certified plastic surgeons here at Plastic Surgery Specialists in Annapolis Maryland. Talking today about breast reductions. Breast reductions are probably one of the most common procedures we do here in the office. Again most people think cosmetic surgery immediately think breast augmentations, but indeed we probably do three to four times as many breast reductions as we do augments. People come in complaining obviously of the neck back and shoulder pain secondary to the weight they’re carrying around on their chest. The relief that patients get from breast reductions is almost immediate after surgery. Patients tell us literally on day one that they can feel the difference in their neck and back and shoulder pain the
procedures done here in our fully accredited ambulatory surgical center facility. It takes about an hour and a half, two hours to do. Patients recover in our recovery room here and then are discharged home. We see them back the following day and then on a weekly basis afterwards for a couple of weeks and then they’re off and running again. If your interested in this procedure feel free to give us a call. Many insurance companies do cover breast reductions so that’s an option to consider as well.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

Our Annapolis breast reduction procedures are performed in our on-site operating room. Our patients are given general anesthesia, and can go home after a period of rest in a recovery area. They should have someone drive them home and stay with them at least overnight.

There are several different types of incisions our surgeons use to perform an Annapolis breast lift. Whatever incision is used, the surgeon removes excess tissue then lifts and shapes the breasts. If the breasts are extremely large, the nipples and areolas may need to be disconnected from their blood supply and transplanted higher up on the breasts.

Sutures are added deep into the breasts to support their new shape, and the edges of the incision are sutured together. Surgical tape is added to close the skin. Scarring is easily hidden by a bra or bikini top.

Recovery from Surgery

The results of the operation are immediately visible, though the woman may be surprised that her breasts still seem larger than she would like. This is simply post-operative swelling and disappears over time. Before the client goes home, she’s given specific instructions on how to care for the incisions and the drain.

After a few months, the breasts will settle into their new contours. The great majority of our patients are thrilled with not just the new look of their breasts but happy to be free of discomfort and anxiety.

All patients recover from breast reduction differently. Your surgeon will discuss what recovery will most likely look like for you during the consultation and throughout the surgical process.

Breast Reduction Insurance

Unlike other types of cosmetic surgery, Annapolis breast reduction may actually be covered by insurance because overly large breasts cause physical pain. How much insurance covers the operation depends on the extent of the surgery.

Annapolis Breast Reduction FAQs

Annapolis women interested in breast reduction for medical or cosmetic reasons are sure to have many questions regarding the initial consultation, procedure and recovery time. Below are a few answers to frequently asked questions for women considering a breast reduction in Maryland.

I’ve been thinking about getting a breast reduction – can you tell me about this procedure and if it’s covered by insurance?

To reduce breast size, your surgeon will remove excess tissue, fat and skin on the sides and bottom of the breast while lifting and shaping the breast. After surgery you will go home with a light dressing and a support bra. Sutures are usually invisible under the skin and will dissolve after healing is complete. A support bra is worn for a few weeks. Post op, breast reduction patients are very happy due to the relief of pre-opt symptoms and often wish they had done it many years earlier.

What’s really great is that breast reduction surgery is frequently covered by many insurance plans. Plastic Surgery Specialists will assist you with insurance paperwork to make the process smooth.

How can having large breasts affect my overall health?

If you are a woman with overly large breasts, breast reduction surgery can be a tremendously life-enhancing option. Having this procedure will give you far more than just smaller, firmer breasts. You’ll also get significant relief from many physical and emotional discomforts, a new sense of freedom with exercise and physical activity, and the ability to wear a greater variety of clothing styles. In fact, of all the procedures plastic surgeons perform, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction.

At what age can I have a breast reduction in Maryland?

Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but our plastic surgeons recommend waiting until breast development has stopped.

What can I expect from my first consultation?

Your initial consultation is the first step in considering breast reduction. During this meeting, your surgeon will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific goals for the surgical procedure. When examining your breasts, your plastic surgeon will consider their size and shape, the quality of your skin and the placement of the nipples. Measurements and photographs may be taken for your medical records.

What type of recovery should I expect?

In the day following your procedure, you will be encouraged to get out of bed for only short periods of time. Most of the discomfort you feel can be controlled with medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Every person heals at a different rate, but you can expect to move around more comfortably within the first week following surgery. Most women can even return to non-strenuous work after the first week following a breast reduction in Annapolis. After two to three weeks, you may return to most of your normal activities, including mild exercise.

Can I still breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Breastfeeding following a breast reduction procedure should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon. You may still be able to breast feed to a limited degree depending on the type of procedure you are receiving.

Will I have a different feeling/sensation with my breasts after surgery?

Normal breast sensation should return over time. Without the excessive weight of large breasts, you can enjoy a more active lifestyle, your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better.

Will there be scars from this procedure?

Incision lines will be permanently visible, but they will fade over time and are easily concealed by clothing, even most swimsuits and tops with low-cut necklines. Patients find that the positives from a breast reduction are well worth the trade off for scars that improve with time.

Will insurance cover a breast reduction?

Some insurance companies will pay for this surgery to relieve medical symptoms such as back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of heavy breasts, irritation beneath the breasts, indentations in your shoulders caused by tight bra straps, or one breast that is much larger than the other. Coverage may depend on a significant amount of breast tissue being removed, as well.

How should I go about contacting my insurance company?

Prior to surgery, a ‘letter of predetermination’ may be required by your insurance company. Our office staff will help you with insurance matters related to this procedure.