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A 44-year-old member asked:

Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Not particularly: Women with overdeveloped breast generally seek surgery to relieve pain. With surgical reduction, the pain from the weight of the large breast is immediately and permanently relieved: many women leave the hospital with less pain than they had when they came in!
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
No: Most women seeking breast reduction surgery are in significant neck, shoulder and upper back pain already. After surgery, they usually experience an immediate sense of relief, not a large amount of surgical pain.
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Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Surprisingly little!: Compared to breast augmentation, breast reduction patients don't experience as much intense pain and chest muscle stretch. Many compare it to the sensation they experienced upon lactation when the breasts are congested. Tenderness along the junction of the breast and chest wall is rapidly relieved with mild analgesics.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Hi docs, would breast reduction surgery hurt after?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes, but...: Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations plastic surgeons perform. It also tends to be relatively well tolerated; the average patient requires pain medications for a few days afterwards. Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to learn more. Best wishes.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

How much can a breast reduction cost?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Varies a lot...: Between different parts of the country. Also, most breast reductions are not cosmetic but are done for back and shoulder pain and other symptoms caused by the weight of the enlarged breasts. As such, some are covered by health insurance but this depends on the company, the kind of policy, and the degree of symptoms.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

After breast reduction surgery, how would firm up my breasts?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
No easy answer: Not sure what you mean by "firm up". Breast reduction is usually a very satisfying surgery for women that have long been bothered by disproportionately large, heavy and hanging breasts. It can be difficult to maintain fullness in the upper breast. Occasionally breast implants are indicated either at the same time or later. Restoring some of the lost volume may help.
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Breast reduction in and of itself won't "firm" up the breasts. Once the swelling goes away and the tissues relax they will be soft like they were, just higher, smaller and perkier. An implant will make them firmer but defeat the purpose of going smaller.
Jun 8, 2012

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