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Breast Reduction Surgery: How Does it Help?

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty.  It is a common plastic surgery procedure that removes extra tissue from a patient’s breasts.  Specifically, excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed to create a decrease in breast size that is more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.  According to an article in Bustle, more than 90,000 breast reduction surgeries are performed each year in the United States by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.  Breast reduction surgery has become increasingly well publicised.  Celebrities have announced that they have undergone breast reduction surgery with great results. One such celebrity is Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens).  She underwent breast reduction and reduced her breast size from an F to a DD. 

The Trouble with Macromastia

Macromastia, more commonly known as excessively large breasts, can cause a lot of problems for patients.  Symptoms include discomfort, especially back pain.  Macromastia creates a disproportionate body adding extra weight to the body and causing pain to be felt in various areas.  Common areas of pain include, back, shoulder, neck pain and even headaches. 

In addition to physical pain, patients with macromastia may experience difficulty finding bras and bathing suits that fit appropriately.  Also shirts and other clothes may not properly fit as expected. This may lead to feeling self conscious and avoiding social interaction. It is important to remember that each person experiences different symptoms of macromastia, some may have minimal to no discomfort, while other women may have difficulty carrying out their normal activities of daily living. 

Some patients with macromastia do not experience pain or other symptoms caused by macromastia, but are not happy with the size of their breasts. Breast Reduction Surgery is sometimes performed solely for cosmetic purposes.  These patients may gain emotional benefits from the surgery.  

How Does Breast Reduction Surgery Help?

Breast reduction surgery is a safe and effective way for women to obtain  smaller and more natural appearing breasts.  Over the years different techniques have been developed for breast reduction surgery. Learn more about breast reduction surgery on the Applebaum MD website: https://www.applebaummd.com/procedures/breast/lollipop-breast-reduction/

How Effective is Breast Reduction Surgery?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website points out that the results of breast reduction surgery are long lasting. Breast reduction surgery will help relieve pain, also relieve any physical limitations and enhance self-esteem and self confidence.  

So the big question is, how do patients feel after they have had breast reconstructive surgery? An article in Allure Magazine Life in Plastic series, comments on after breast reduction: “It’s one of the procedures where the patients are almost universally ecstatic with how things go.”  Read more at allure.

Dr. Applebaum’s patients have only great reviews to share. One patient he underwent a breast reduction by Dr. Applebaum had the following to say:

“If you want a talented, kind and caring surgeon, look no further than Dr. Robert Applebaum. Three weeks ago, I underwent a breast lift and reduction with Dr. Applebaum, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Dr. Applebaum really listened to me, and gave me exactly what I wanted. I would give him 10 stars if I could! From the initial consultation to the post-op appointments, Dr. Applebaum, Sylvia and the rest of his amazing staff made everything so easy for me. I am extremely pleased, and highly recommend Dr. Applebaum to everyone.”

Read more reviews of Applebaum MD at: https://www.applebaummd.com/reviews/

Paying for Surgery

Luckily, breast reduction surgery is one of the few cosmetic surgeries that may be covered by your insurance.  This is typically for breast reduction surgery if you are experiencing symptoms caused by macromastia.  This is because in these cases it is determined to be medically necessary.  It is best to check with your insurance directly to see if it is covered and what is required if it is covered.  Insurance policies vary so what is covered for one person, may or may not be covered by your policy.   Charges like deductibles and copays are usually still charged, even if a procedure is covered under your insurance plan.         

Beverly Hills Breast Reduction Surgery

Applebaum MD offers breast reduction surgery that is a safe and effective option for women wanting smaller and more natural looking breasts. The Applebaum MD Beverly Hills Breast Reduction Surgery offers less scarring and faster healing using innovative techniques.  Dr. Applebaum performs the French Vertical Mammoplasty, also known as the lollipop breast reduction.  Dr. Applebaum has 15 years of experience performing this procedure. What’s more, is that he has practiced as a plastic surgeon for over 25 years. 

French Vertical Mammoplasty Procedure 

patients are choosing the French vertical Mammoplasty Procedures because the procedure offers:

  • Fewer incisions and decreased scarring, which results in quicker recovery time.
  • Decreased recovery time with minor discomfort, without the use of drains. 
  • Better shape outcome, creating a more youthful projected shape
  • Long term results demonstrate maintenance of youthful breast shape.

Teen Breast Reduction

Dr. Applebaum is also very experienced with performing teen breast reductions.  Teens who are interested in breast reduction surgery, should be well educated and informed of all aspects involved. There is a recent growing trend for teen women wanting to undergo breast reduction surgery.  In this situation, a consultation with Dr. Applebaum includes both the patient and specified family member.  During the consultation, the procedure will be discussed at length, including the placement of incision, recovery time.  Also discussed will be future breast feeding options and when and how to return to activities of daily living.  During the consultation Dr. Applebaum will help determine if the teen is a good candidate for breast reduction at that time.  Fortunately breast reduction in teens  offers immediate improvements that are seen in their lives post-operatively.  Teens can return to school and their daily lifestyle after a short recovery period.

Dr. Robert Applebaum has performed various cosmetic surgeries on both men and women. Take a look at Dr. Applebaum’s before and after photos of both men and women at his online photo gallery and see the amazing differences.  Dr. Applebaum is very familiar with the common requirements of insurance companies for breast reduction surgery coverage.  He will submit the necessary information to determine if your specific insurance policy will cover the procedure.  Some insurance companies also require a history of physical therapy treatments if you experience neck or back pain due to macromastia. Dr. Applebaum will create a pre-authorization letter and photographs for you.  It can take approximately 2-4 weeks for insurance companies to reply back.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Applebaum and the team at Applebaum MD can assist in making this process go smoothly right from the start. The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Applebaum who is located in the heart of Beverly Hills. The entire staff at Applebaum MD will address your concerns and care for your needs.  If you are considering breast reduction surgery–schedule an appointment with Dr. Applebaum to discuss possible options. Dr. Applebaum and his team can answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable with whatever decision you make. Schedule a complimentary consultation today to get started.  This may be the first step to a happier you. 

Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Applebaum

Dr. Robert Applebaum is a world renowned and highly respected Plastic Surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In his nearly 30 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Applebaum has become known as an innovator in the field of laser technology techniques for plastic surgery procedures. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers about the use of laser technology and educates physicians worldwide on the applications of laser technology for plastic surgery. Dr. Applebaum primarily practices out of his private outpatient surgery center, Four Thirty Six Aesthetic Surgery Center, which is located in Beverly Hills.





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