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Ultimate Guide To Your Breast Reduction

Reduce back and shoulder pain

Breast Reduction surgery has the highest satisfaction rate of any other plastic surgery procedure.  Dr. Chang and his team at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Leesburg, Virginia can help you look and feel better.

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Answers to Some of Your Breast Reduction Questions

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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 physical discomfort as well as a cause for self-consciousness and poor self esteem.

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. 

  • 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.

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 thus provides best breast reduction results. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to produce a more taut and younger-looking appearance. 

Yes!  Breast reduction surgery has the highest satisfaction rate in all of plastic surgery.  This is because it is not simply a cosmetic surgery.  Instead, it is a functional procedure that helps women out by 

  • reducing back and shoulder pain
  • reduces the unwanted stares and attention from having larger breasts
  • allows women to where standard bras and clothes that are cheaper and stylish
  • allows women to exercise without wearing double bras
  • reduces rashes and irritations

Breast reduction surgery and breast lift surgery are very similar.  All breast reduction procedure provides a breast lift.  The incisional techniques are the same.  The only difference between the two procedures how much tissue is removed.  Breast reduction surgery obviously emphasizes the removal of breast tissue and fat to reduce the over all volume removal.  Breast lift surgery emphasizes the removal and tailoring of the skin envelope while leaving the volume mostly intact.  

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.

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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

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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!

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What To Expect From Your Consultation and Treatment

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We know that you might be apprehensive about your upcoming consultation and treatment. Our staff and cosmetic nurses are caring and professional; and will help you with answers each step of the way.

Learning more about you

Your consultation will usually begin with learning more about you and why you think you will benefit from a breast reduction.  

We will then perform a physical exam which will help determine if you are a good candidate for a breast reduction and whether you are a good candidate for insurance coverage for your procedure.  Exam will evaluate for size, breast droop, areola enlargement, nipple enlargement, skin quality, and rashes.  

If you are a good candidate insurance to help you with your procedure, we will help you with obtaining insurance preauthorization

Dr. Chang is expert in all the techniques of breast reduction including the donut, lollipop, and anchor techniques.  These are obviously the lay terms for the procedures; but they describe the shape and length of the incisions used for the procedure.  

Patients who need smaller reductions ( half a cup ) benefit from a donut technique which uses a circular incision located around the areola.

Patients who need a medium reduction ( 1-2 cup reduction ) benefit from a donut technique which uses a circular incision around the areola and a second incision extending from the circle to the under-breast crease

Patients who need a large insurance appropriate reduction ( 2+ cup reduction ) benefit from an anchor technique which uses a circular incision around the areola and a second incision extending from the circle to the under-breast crease, and a third incision extending across the under-breast crease.

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.

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

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 physical discomfort as well as a cause for self-consciousness and poor self esteem.

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.

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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 and 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 and 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

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"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

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