Dr. Lynam is known for creating a symmetrical and natural result.
Breast Reduction is a procedure that often creates some of our happiest and most gratified patients. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Lynam in our Richmond, VA, office today. Call 804.560.5260.
Some women have breasts that are uncomfortably large and on others, the diameter of the pigmented areola has become enlarged due to pregnancy and/or breast feeding. The discomfort from large, heavy breasts may be physical, emotional, or both. Large breasts can be the cause of multiple medical problems including neck, back and shoulder pain, skin irritation under the breasts, breathing problems, and even skeletal deformities. Large breasts can cause pain and discomfort, physically limiting a woman’s involvement in sports and other physical activities. Even when wearing two sports bras, many women just cannot run or jog due to pain.
Insurance Approval for Breast Reduction
Insurance may often cover breast reduction surgery if it is medically indicated. The insurance companies set guidelines that must be met prior to having surgery. A letter of pre-determination with photographs is sent to your insurance carrier for medical review. It often takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive a response.
Candidates for Breast Reduction Procedure
The best candidates are healthy women who are non-smokers and who have a positive outlook with realistic goals in mind. Optimal candidates are those who simply need to have the size and volume of their breasts reduced to improve physical symptoms or for cosmetic and/or emotional improvement.
Breast reduction surgery may interfere with your ability to breastfeed in the future. Women with other health problems are at a higher risk to having post-surgical complications. It is important to have realistic expectations about the results of the breast reduction procedure, as is the case with any surgical procedure. At the time of your consultation, your goals, the procedure and the routine post-operative healing process will be explained in detail and all of your questions will be answered. Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are a healthy candidate for surgery.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
There are several techniques used for breast reduction surgery. The technique used depends on the patient’s needs and goals. The most common procedure leaves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola and then extends straight down and follows the underside of the breast just above the breast fold. Excess skin and glandular tissue is then removed and the nipples and areolas are repositioned. The diameter of the pigmented areolas that have become enlarged with pregnancy are reduced to match the size of your reduced breasts.
Ultimately, Dr. Lynam tries to achieve the best-shaped breasts for his patients. The breast reduction procedure is done on an outpatient basis, takes 3-4 hours to perform, and is done under general anesthesia. There is a small percentage of patients who are extremely large-breasted who requiring a significant amount of breast tissue to be removed and a free nipple graft performed.
These procedures are performed in a hospital setting, requiring you to stay in the hospital overnight. There is a drain tube placed per side and this is used to remove any amount of fluid collection for 5-7 days following surgery.
Drain tubes are removed in our Richmond, VA office 5-7 days following your surgery. Your breasts may be swollen, bruised and sore for several weeks. Scars created to perform the breast reduction are permanent but will fade with time. The initial breast shape is high and full but over a six-monthperiod of time following surgery, the breasts drop to form a more natural shape. What is very important to understand is that the effect of gravity will continue working on your new breasts and wearing a good support bra to prevent re-stretching of skin is necessary.
Following surgery you will wear a soft sports bra for 4-6 weeks to support and shape your new breasts. You may then be fitted for new bras and wear an underwire style bra if desired. Vigorous exercise routines may resume 4-6 weeks following your procedure. Most patients return to work in 2 weeks.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the breast reduction procedure is to schedule a consultation. You will learn the reasonable expectations for the goals you wish to achieve.
“Dr. Lynam and his staff are super helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient. They treated me with the utmost care and understanding.”
-Breast Reduction Patient