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Dr. Phillip Chang M.D.

Everything You Need to Know About Breast Reduction

From one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in Virginia

Breast reduction is both a functional and cosmetic surgical procedure that is often covered by health insurance. Of all plastic surgical procedures, breast reduction has the highest patient satisfaction rate. The goal is simple: reduce the breast to a size and shape that is aesthetically pleasing and proportionate to the rest of a patient’s body. Large breasts frequently develop during puberty and with pregnancies. They can be a source of source of physical discomfort as well as a cause for self-consciousness and poor self esteem.

What Are Some Reasons Why Women Get a Breast Reduction?

  • Back and shoulder pain from excess weight.
  • Bra strap grooving on the shoulders.
  • Rashes under the breast from chafing and sweat.
  • Inability to exercise due to the weight of the breasts.
  • Embarrassment due to inappropriate stares.
  • Inability to find properly-fitting clothes.
  • Poor self esteem.

Will Insurance Pay for a Breast Reduction?

Abnormally large breasts can create social, functional, physical and psychological challenges for women. Uneven or large breasts can lead to self-confidence issues and embarrassment, as well as pain in both the neck and back. Because of the legitimate concerns caused, insurance is frequently willing to cover a breast reduction surgery to prevent these alternative health issues from arising the future. 

What Are The Goals of a Breast Reduction?

This surgery at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center removes excess breast fat and skin, as well as unhealthy tissue to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. Breast reduction surgery also reshapes the size of the nipples/areolas and moves them so they are symmetrical with the new size. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to produce a more taut and younger-looking appearance. 

Why Get a Breast Reduction?

Easier To Exercise

Easier To Exercise

Are you tired of wearing double reinforced sports bras? Smaller breasts will weigh less and bounce less while you try to workout – so much easier.

Large breasts - Back and Shoulder Pain

Less Back and Shoulder Pain

Bottom line is large breasts are heavy.  They can weight on your back and shoulders leading to spinal curvature as well as bra strap grooving

Breast Revision

Less Unwanted Attention

The guy at the gym isn’t the only one gawking, and you’re perpetually aware of it. Even women might be peeking instead of looking you in the eye.

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Better Fitting Clothes

Does it ever seem like all of the cute clothes are made for small-sized women. A breast reduction will make you more proportional. Clothes will finally fit naturally!

Goals of the Surgery:

The goal of breast reduction is obviously to reduce the breast to a size and shape that is aesthetically pleasing and proportionate to the rest of the patient’s body. Dr. Phillip Chang is a plastic surgeon in Leesburg, VA who continues to help countless women get back their confidence and feel more comfortable through surgical reduction of the breasts.

Reasons to Reduce:

Questions to ask yourself as you consider a breast reduction surgery:

• Do I have back and shoulder pain?
• Do my bra straps dig into and leave deep grooves in my back and shoulders?
• Have I ever experienced rashes under my breasts from chafing and sweat?
• Do my breasts affect my ability to exercise?
• Have I ever received inappropriate or embarrassing stares?
• Do I have trouble finding well-fitting clothes?
• Have I ever been embarrassed because of the size of my breasts?

a large breast is overlaid by an arrow pointing to where it should be corrected to go to while a small breast looks nice

Expectations:

Breast reduction has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any procedure in plastic surgery. 

This surgery removes excess breast fat and skin, as well as unhealthy tissue to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. Breast reduction surgery also reshapes the size of the nipples/areolas and moves them so they are symmetrical with the new size. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to produce a more taut and younger-looking appearance.

Breast Reduction Video - Live Surgery

This video shows a live surgery describing my technique in performing a lollipop-style breast reduction. A lollipop-style breast reduction is a technique for minimizing scars as much as possible. Notice the meticulous technique. Steps include tumescent infiltration to decrease bruising and pain, decreasing the areola size, lifting of the nipple complex, and recontouring the breast to give an improved tear-drop shape. Larger reductions require a different, “anchor-style” breast reduction. 

WARNING: Graphic Images.

Woman before and after breast size

More than likely, yes! Our office will be happy to help you through the process of filing for coverage.

Breast reduction has the highest satisfaction rate of all plastic surgeries! Nearly all women are extremely grateful and satisfied with their appearance after the significant positive changes.

Yes, although they can be done together. If you choose to do it in addition to the reduction, a breast lift will produce a more taut and younger-looking appearance.

There are three types: the lollipop incision, the anchor incision, and the donut incision. Each involves different placements for the cuts into the breast. During the consultation, Dr. Chang will recommend the best one for you.

Yes. Because it is a surgery, breast reduction does require the patient to be put under anesthesia during the procedure.

Typically, recovery from a breast reduction takes one week, although for some patients it takes two weeks to recover properly.

Breast reduction surgery is surprisingly less painful than you might think.  For example, it is significantly less painful than either a breast augmentation or a breast lift.  This is because there is no muscle involved in the surgery.  The tissue that is addressed is skin, fat, and breast tissue for the most part.  These tissues do not have a lot of pain fibers.  Dr. Chang will prescribe pain medication for your recovery after the procedure.

After the surgery, you will need to avoid active activities for four weeks. At that time, it’s alright to return to lower body activities, but you need to wait six weeks before running or jogging again. The bouncing of the breasts needs to be avoided to ensure there is no scaring and healing can continue successfully.

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Breast Lift

Breast lift is also called a mastopexy.  It is a procedure designed to lift breasts that have begun to sag either with age or after having children.  3 techniques are used to lift the breast, reshape the breast, and to reduce the size of the areola

Breast Lift Plus Implants

Breast Lift Plus Implants

Breast lift is often combined with adding breast implants or fat transfer to either add volume throughout the breast or only to the upper breast where the majority of the volume is lost

Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover is a procedure tailored specifically to how your body has changed after having children.  It usually includes a breast augmentation or lift, a tummy tuck, liposuction, and/or vaginal rejuvenation.

Let Us Help With Your Breast Reduction Insurance Coverage.

Breast reduction surgery isn't as expensive as you might think. Schedule a free consultation today. Our office can help with getting your insurance to cover the rest.

Dr. Phillip Chang

Dr. Phillip Chang

Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results.

Education & Training

Dr. Chang graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training at the prestigious Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California, where he was fortunate to train with prominent cosmetic surgeons in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.

Awards & Recognition

Dr. Chang has been featured in New Beauty Magazine and listed as one of the “Top 10 Plastic Surgeons” in Loudoun County for the past three years according to The Prime Buyer’s Report in addition to multiple additional awards including:

  • Top Doctor for Plastic Surgeons Virginia Magazine
  • Best Plastic Surgeon in the Loudoun Times Mirror
  • Top Doctor for Plastic Surgeon Health and Beauty Magazine
  • Top Doctor for Plastic Surgeons Posh Magazine
  • Top Doctor Recognition 2011, 2012, 2015 by Vitals
    Patients’ Choice Award 2008 – 2012 by Vitals
  • Super Doctor 2011 – 2013 by superdoctors.com
  • Honor Roll by Healthgrades 

Hear From Actual Customers!
The Reviews Are In.

5 star rating
"Best plastic surgeon in Virginia - I was referred by friends who had breast augmentations with Dr. Chang. They were extremely happy. I just had my Mommy Makeover and I couldn't be more thrilled. He is no doubt the best plastic surgeon around!"​
MK
"For a long time I had imagined what it would be like to have breast reduction surgery, but I always thought it was only other women who could do such a thing, not me. From the day of my consultation through a month post-surgery, I have had nothing but outstanding care and service by Dr. Chang, his staff, and the outpatient surgery clinic where I had the procedure."​
JG
"I had a tummy tuck, breast lift and reduction, and liposuction and he performed these procedures beautifully. I now have a waist and flat tummy; two things I never dreamed could be possible."
MS