Posted on June 13, 2022
Breast Reduction – The Recovery Process
You may have decided to have breast reduction surgery. If so, you should understand the surgical process and recovery time. If you are thinking about surgery, you should also understand the cost. Dr Rau gives his patients specific guidelines and instructions for recovery after surgery. To make your breast reduction recovery as easy as possible, we have outlined the steps involved in the recovery process. Continue reading to learn more about the recovery process after breast reduction surgery. Lastly, don’t forget to ask about any possible aftercare options. Also, keep in mind that your medical insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Once you know how much you can expect to pay, you can plan accordingly.
Indications for breast reduction surgery
Women may be candidates for breast reduction surgery for several reasons, including breast enlargement or pain. The surgery can be performed on patients of any age, from adolescents to older women. Some reasons for breast reduction surgery include pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulder, and upper back. Other reasons may include a desire for better posture and pain or discomfort with bra strap grooving. Reconstruction of the breast may be performed through the same procedure or later, using autologous or prosthetic tissue.
The results of breast reduction surgery vary between women. While most patients enjoy an improved appearance, the surgery can also alleviate pain and discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities such as sports and vigorous exercise for weeks following surgery. A waterproof bandage will be applied to the surgical area to prevent future damage. In addition, patients should avoid heavy lifting for at least three weeks, depending on the type of breast reduction surgery.
After undergoing breast reduction surgery, you’ll have some healing time. Your breasts will likely be bandaged and covered with gauze. You may also be required to wear a surgical bra for several weeks. If you’re worried about swelling, you can drink more fluids and stay out of hot water. After the procedure, you should avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes and avoid exercise. Also, you should wear clothing that opens up the front.
Surgical techniques for breast reduction surgery are performed by making incisions on premarked lines. Excess skin and fat are removed from the breast. Parts of the glandular tissue are also removed. Surgical revision procedures can also raise the areolae and nipples. These procedures require at least one week off from work and follow-up visits. In addition, a drain is typically placed in each breast to allow fluid to drain out.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery
After breast reduction surgery, women are admitted to the hospital overnight to facilitate recovery. Nurses and doctors can closely monitor the patient’s progress throughout the night. Intravenous pain medications and medicines for nausea and vomiting are given to help the patient feel comfortable. A surgical bra will be provided to assist the recovery process. Smoking is not recommended for several days after the surgery. Alcohol and smoking should be avoided until the patient has fully recovered.
Cost of breast reduction surgery
Health insurance will typically cover the cost of breast reduction surgery as long as it is medically necessary. The exact eligibility requirements vary by the insurance company but usually include back, neck, or shoulder pain or rashes beneath the breast. In addition, a significant insurance carrier may require a physician referral, height, and a weight estimate for the breast tissue to be removed. The weight must be between 1 and 4 pounds. In addition to paying the surgeon’s fee, you will likely have to pay copays and deductibles.
Breast reduction surgery costs are generally between $7,500 and $8,000. The price of the procedure depends on the surgeon’s fee, the operating facility, the type of anesthesia used, and the complexity of the surgery. It is best to check with your surgeon’s office for a specific estimate as individual costs vary. Also, keep in mind that your medical insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Once you know how much you can expect to pay, you can plan accordingly.