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Does a breast reduction make it harder to read a mammogram?

Does a breast reduction make it harder to read a mammogram?

Yes,: The surgery often creates new asymmetries/densities that may need further evaluation or closer follow up. The mammographic appearance of the breasts may be altered to the extent that comparing it to prior pre-surgical mammograms is almost useless. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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How is a breast reduction done?

How is a breast reduction done?

Removal Tissue: Variety of techniques exist but essentially comes down to removal of excess breast, adipose tissue, and skin. Important to preserve enough tissue to maintain blood flow to nipple/areola complexes and surrounding tissues. This operation also serves to raise the position of the breasts on the chest wall. It tends to be a very patient pleasing operation. ...Read more

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When should you get a breast reduction?

When should you get a breast reduction?

Breast Reduction: Breast reduction can be considered for quality of life as well as for cosmetic reasons. Quality of life indications include chronic back or shoulder pain. Sometimes this is covered by insurance. A cosmetic indication may simply be the desire to have breast volume that is more proportional to your body size. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for breast reduction?

What is the recovery time for breast reduction?

2-4 weeks: Everyone is different but the most common time frame is about 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What's my other option besides breast reduction?

What's my other option besides breast reduction?

Not Many: Assuming you are referring to “options” to reduce breast size, there are not many good options available (besides weight loss, if relevant) to reduce breast size/weight. For the rare patient, liposuction surgery may be an option.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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How effective is femminex breast reduction pills?

How effective is femminex breast reduction pills?

It does not work: There are no medication, pills, creams, or nonsurgical means that can reduce only the size of your breast. Most of the medications are herbal supplement that has not been clinically tested and are not fda approved. Breast reduction surgery is the only time tested and safest way to reduce the size of the breast. ...Read more

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What type of practitioners offer breast reduction?

What type of practitioners offer breast reduction?

Trust your instincts: First, check out the doctor's credentials. Make sure you find a plastic surgeon who is certified by the american board of plastic surgery. Second, meet with the plastic surgeon and tell them honestly what your goals are. Lastly, after meeting with them, make sure you trust what they are telling you and that you believe they can give you the results you are looking for. ...Read more

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How will I feel emotionally after a breast reduction?

How will I feel emotionally after a breast reduction?

:) : (: Your response to a breast reduction can be elation, depression, excitement, disappointment, self-confidence, security, relief, pain, and a whole host of other emotional ups and downs. It really depends on your expectations as well as your emotional state prior to surgery as well as your support systems. ...Read more

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What to do if I have some breast reduction questions?

What to do if I have some breast reduction questions?

See a surgeon: Discuss it with a surgeon who performs that surgery. ...Read more

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Please help me! Is 18 too young for a breast reduction?

Please help me! Is 18 too young for a breast reduction?

No: Breast reduction surgery, performed for the appropriate patient, is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform, regardless of the patient's age. Patients experience both physical and psychosocial benefits. Ultimately,  you will need to decide whether the “pros” (benefits) of breast reduction surgery outweigh the potential “cons” (potential risk/complications). ...Read more

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I am thinking about a breast reduction. What should I expect?

I am thinking about a breast reduction. What should I expect?

Seek Consultation: Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals. During this process, you will learn about the pros/cons/risks/complications associated with breast reduction surgery. Only after these considerations will you be able to make an informed decision whether or not to proceed. Generally speaking, for carefully selected patients, one of the most patient pleasing operations. ...Read more

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I want to have a breast reduction what are my options in us vs abroad?

I want to have a breast reduction what are my options in us vs abroad?

Insurance coverage: Breast reduction is often covered by insurance so this is recommended for most patients. Surgery abroad would not be covered by us health insurance and follow up may be difficult. ...Read more

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What pain medication is prescribed to someone who has just had breast reduction?

What pain medication is prescribed to someone who has just had breast reduction?

Combo therapy: Pain can be treated using a multimodal approach with nerve blocks, long acting local anesthetics, pain pump, anti-inflammatories us h as cox2 inhibitors, and anxiolytics and other potentiators that will supplement the traditional use of oral narcotic agents. ...Read more

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What is breast reduction surgery like?

What is breast reduction surgery like?

A trade off...: Of smaller breasts that cause less neck and back pain for scars on the breasts. Usually outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. Most breast reduction patients say that the pain is like that from doing too many pushups: soreness in the chest muscles. It should easily be controlled with the medication given to you by your surgeon. Most patients return to regular activities in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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How painful is breast reduction surgery?

Well Tolerated: Generally, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. It is also relatively well tolerated with most patients requiring pain medications for the first 5 to 7 days. ...Read more

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Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

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. ...Read more

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Does breast reduction reduce back spasms?

Does breast reduction reduce back spasms?

It can: In women with large breasts there is increased stresses on the lumbar spine to stay upright and balanced. In some cases breast reduction has been effective at reducing the stresses and improving back pain. ...Read more

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What is a breast reduction procedure like?

What is a breast reduction procedure like?

High Satisfaction: The most satisfying procedure plastic surgeons offer nationwide is breast reduction. If your bust is so large that it causes functional problems, reduction will invariably please you.

The only takeaway of reduction is that a scar is necessary on the breast. The type of scar depends on the breast shape and size. ...Read more

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Am I too young for breast reduction at 17?

Not Necessarily: It is possible that you are dealing with juvenile breast hypertrophy along with the physical and psychosocial consequences of this diagnosis. In other words, the breasts are too large for the frame causing  both physical and psychological distress.
As  you think  about  breast reduction surgery make sure you do your homework and understand the potential risks and complications associated with  the. ...Read more

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What is a breast reduction operation like?

Not bad: Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the fairly easy recovery after breast augmentation. They are usually able to return to work in one week. Bruising is minimal. ...Read more

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Would medicaid pay for a breast reduction!?

Possibly...: Yes, breast reduction surgery is potentially “covered” through Medicaid. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who still works with this organization, given the very low reimbursement and the bureaucratic challenges… Best wishes. ...Read more

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How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

Moderately.: Generally, most patients do very well after breast reduction surgery. This operation tends to be less painful than other operations such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery. Most patients require pain medication for approximately one week after the procedure. Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. ...Read more

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How long does breast reduction surgery last?

Forever.: Once the excess breast skin and tissue is removed surgically, it is gone forever. However, the tissues that remain can respond to weight gain, hormonal changes, and the skin "brassiere" will stretch and sag as you age. Some women do require repeat breast reduction, but in the absence of weight gain or hormonal change it is rare. ...Read more

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Who is eligible for breast reduction surgery?

Who is eligible for breast reduction surgery?

Adult females: Typically any adult female is a candidate. This is usually deferred until completion of growth - 18 years. Women over the age of 40 should likely undergo diagnostic imaging with a mammogram to establish a baseline or exclude underlying disease. Depending on your health insurance different criteria may be applied for coverage. ...Read more

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What happens during breast reduction surgery?

Reshaping: Good ol norristown! Reminds me of my years in philly. Breast reduction is essentially a reshaping of the breast through the removal and rearrangemnt of breast tissue. It requires some taking away the excess and closing up the breast tissue in a way that maintains the normal round shape. There are several techniques which result in satisfactory outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the liposuction role breast reduction?

What is the liposuction role breast reduction?

Minimal: Liposuction is commonly used in addition to tissue excision to improve contour and shape of the reduced breast. Liposuction alone for breast reduction however, does not address the excess breast skin and leaves the breast looking deflated. ...Read more

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Why would you receive breast reduction surgery?

Medical reasons: Medical indications for breast reduction are back or neck pain, shoulder grooving from the bra straps, and/or recurrent skin rashes in the folds. ...Read more

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How to know if I need breast reduction surgery?

How to know if I need breast reduction surgery?

Symptoms: Patients often present with neck, back, shoulder discomfort, bra strap grooving, postural changes, and occasionally with rashes/infections. This operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons to learn more. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast reduction surgery?

Can you tell me about breast reduction surgery?

Happy patients: Breast reduction surgery is both functional and aesthetic. Reducing the size will enable you to function better and at time eliminate shoulder pain and skin irritation in the sumammary crease. The aesthetic part involves skin tightening and elevating the nipple position. There are multiple techniqes to do it. Most importantly, consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon ...Read more

Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more