Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) in Cape Girardeau, MO
What is a breast reduction?
Women with unusually large, sagging, or uneven breasts may be helped with breast reduction surgery performed at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Many women are troubled with discomfort and the inability to perform physical activities they would like to do because of the size of their breasts.
Breast reduction surgery as it is performed at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri reduces the breast size and reshapes the breast, eliminating the discomfort from larger breasts and giving the patient more self-confidence and a better quality of life.
The incisions for reduction surgery are placed around the areola and on the underside of each breast. During the procedure, your surgeon removes excess tissue and contours the breasts into a more pleasing shape.
Differing methods and techniques are used to perform breast reduction surgery. On some patients, surgeons at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau apply a vertical mammoplasty technique, which gives the breast a more natural appearance with less scarring.
Breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about two hours depending on the size of the breasts.
Breast Reduction using Vectra 3D
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery is proud to offer free VECTRA 3D imaging consultations for their many breast reduction patients. The VECTRA system provides precise breast measurements and helps our doctors and patients agree upon the clear-cut goals for breast reduction surgery.
During your breast reduction consultation at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, your surgeon will let you browse through some before and after pictures of patients who have undergone this procedure. This allows you to visualize what the procedure may do for you.
What is the average cost of breast reduction? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The cost of a breast reduction depends on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve optimum results. A cash discount is applied to all cosmetic procedures if the procedure is paid in full before surgery. If you have commercial insurance, this is a surgery that may be a covered benefit.
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri accepts several types of payment. They are cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, and cashier checks. You may want to obtain financing from an agency of your choice.
Breast reduction may be covered by commercial insurance. During your consultation at the Cape Girardeau office, information is collected, and a predetermination letter is sent to your insurance company. It will take an average of 4-6 weeks to get a response from your insurance provider. If insurance denies coverage because the procedure is not medically necessary, then a letter of appeal is submitted with a support letter from the patient’s family physician. If you are opting for a cosmetic breast reduction, the balance must be paid in full, or financing arrangements can be made in advance with a financing company of your choice before surgery.
Is a breast reduction permanent?
The results of your breast reduction are long-lasting, and unless significant weight gain or pregnancy occurs, your breast size should remain the same. However, other changes like sagging may occur due to the natural aging process.
Do I have to stop smoking prior to having this procedure?
Yes, Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery asks that the breast reduction patient stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important in the healing process. We hope patients can decrease their exposure not only to firsthand but also to secondhand smoke.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you must stop taking blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your family doctor as well as instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following.
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures requiring you to be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.
How many breast reductions are performed at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery annually?
Although each year can vary, we perform an average of 30 to 50 breast reductions per year.
How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?
Depending on the techniques used during your procedure, it can take two to six weeks to recover from your breast reduction procedure. After this time, most patients can resume regular activity, but may still experience some swelling for several more months.
Do I need to stay in the hospital?
Most breast reductions are outpatient surgery procedures in which the patient may return home the same day. However, some insurance requires the procedure to be done in a hospital. Based upon the patient’s overall health, Dr. Deisher or Dr. Humphrey may recommend having the surgery performed at a hospital instead of at their office in Cape Girardeau.
Is there a better time of year to have the surgery performed?
You should make sure you take off enough time to allow you to heal. After a breast reduction, you will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction (that will include lifting children) for at least 10 days following surgery. You also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling and being on pain medication. The average time off work for patients in the Cape Girardeau area ranges from 2-6 weeks.
Does breast reduction affect breastfeeding?
Your success with breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery will depend on the techniques used by your surgeon. While it’s always best to wait until you are done breastfeeding to undergo a breast reduction, most women are still able to breastfeed after surgery without difficulty. Always discuss your concerns about breastfeeding with your surgeon prior to surgery.
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This could be for me. What should I do next?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office in Cape Girardeau today to schedule your initial breast reduction consultation. In the meantime, jot down all your questions and concerns and bring them to your consultation so your surgeon can address them. Call us today at (888) 515-2847. Make this important first step now!
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (888) 515-2847 to schedule your breast reduction consultation!