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Breast Reduction

East Greenwich woman shows breast reduction results in a swimsuit on the beach. Large, dense breasts can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life and overpower your frame. Many women struggle with macromastia, a condition in which abnormally large breasts cause physical pain and a host of other symptoms. A breast reduction reduces the size and re-contours the breasts to provide a proportionate body shape and eliminate the associated symptoms. Our female plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and understands the importance of feeling comfortable with the size and shape of your breasts.

If you are interested in a breast reduction, contact the Centre for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in East Greenwich today at (401) 336-3770 to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Andrea Doyle specializes in breast procedures and serves patients in the surrounding areas of Rhode Island, including Providence. 

How Does a Breast Reduction Work? 

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery can alleviate the symptoms of back and neck pain, shoulder strap grooving, skin irritation, and overall discomfort associated with disproportionately large breasts. The breast reduction procedure typically takes between two and four hours to complete and requires general anesthesia. Dr. Doyle will skillfully remove the excess breast tissue and skin and raise the nipple (areola) and breasts to a lifted breast position. The size of your nipples may be reduced as well to balance your smaller breasts. 

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, and a friend or family member will need to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24-48 hours of your recovery. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks. If you work a strenuous job that requires high activity or heavy lifting, wait to go back to work until you have been cleared to do so by Dr. Doyle. You will have some soreness, swelling, and bruising and will need to wear a post-operative bra or compression garment for 4-6 weeks to aid in your recovery. 

You will have several follow-up appointments with our female plastic surgeon after your procedure to make sure you are healing well and satisfied with your breast reduction results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Doyle will evaluate your anatomy, go over your goals, and discuss the best approach and technique for your breast surgery

Who Qualifies for a Breast Reduction? 

Your breasts go through many changes throughout your life. Some women develop large breasts during puberty, while others struggle with a bigger size after pregnancy, nursing, and weight changes. Aging and gravity can also take a toll on your breasts and body shape. Women interested in breast reduction typically suffer from multiple symptoms of macromastia, including: 

  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back 
  • Skin rashes or irritation under the breasts 
  • Indentations in the skin from bra straps that cause pain and soreness 
  • Skin infection and moisture concerns beneath the breasts 
  • Inability to do specific exercises such as running 
  • Uneven (asymmetrical) breast size and shape 
  • Unable to find clothing that fits appropriately 
  • Self-conscious or unhappy with large breasts 

A breast reduction addresses these issues by improving the positioning, size, and contour of the breasts and removing the excess breast weight and skin tissue. 

Will Insurance Cover My Breast Reduction? 

Health insurance providers often cover the cost of a breast reduction, but you will need to meet the criteria required for coverage that includes the symptoms listed above. Many providers need proof that the patient has seen other medical professionals, such as a physical therapist to document the symptoms of large breasts and determine that a breast reduction is necessary. 

Unfortunately, insurance companies often deny valid claims for the procedure. Carefully review your policy to determine if this is a covered benefit under your insurance plan. Pre-authorization is required for reimbursement or coverage. Our East Greenwich office offers financing options with flexible payment plans. 

Schedule Your Consultation at CentreFARS in East Greenwich 

If you struggle with overly large breasts, contact Dr. Andrea Doyle at the Centre for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery today at (401) 336-3770. Our board-certified female plastic surgeon serves patients in East Greenwich, Providence, and nearby Rhode Island areas. 

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Dr. Andrea Doyle would love to discuss your breast reduction options with you during a private one-on-one consultation. Contact our office online or give us a call to get started on achieving your own aesthetic goals.
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Dr. Doyle is a board certified Rhode Island plastic surgeon who performs aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries to help change the lives of her patients in positive and empowering ways.