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Breast Reduction in Baton Rouge

A breast reduction is a fantastic procedure designed to decrease the weight of the breasts, reduce their size, and also lift the breasts. Some women have very large breasts and are unable to reduce their breast size by diet and exercise alone. In fact, their larger breasts may even make exercising painful and difficult.

Breast Reduction Before and After
Breast Reduction Before and After

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure where excess breast tissue is removed, and the remaining breast tissue is reshaped and lifted to give the breasts a perkier, rounder, and more attractive appearance that looks natural. The goal is to improve back and neck pain, relieve discomfort of large breasts, and to improve the quality of life for patients.

Breast reduction is performed in a surgical operating room under general anesthesia. It typically takes 2 hours for the procedure. The patient is able to go home on the same day as surgery, unless hospital observation is required for certain medical conditions. It is important that you have someone available to drive you home after your procedure, as you may not be able to do so yourself.

The recovery is fairly easy. Pain and discomfort are to be expected but should only be mild, can be controlled with medication, and should only last for a few weeks. Patients typically have instant relief of back and neck pain following surgery.

Most patients can return to work in 2 weeks as long as they are able to reduce activities with their arms. Heavy lifting and other strenuous activities will need to be avoided for a longer period of time. A surgical bra is required for 6 weeks to aid in recovery. Patients typically receive their final results after 3 months.

Dr. Freel had a great calming manner!

“I had a very positive experience with Dr. Freel for my breast reduction preparation and procedure. For almost ten years I had contemplated having it done, but was scared to do it. His calming demeanor got me through it all.”

– C. G.

Who is the ideal candidate for surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is ideal for anyone suffering from back and neck pain secondary to large breasts. Unlike other breast procedures, there is no need to wait until after having children as the symptoms will not improve without surgery. Most patients should be able to breast feed after a breast reduction.

Women who are unhappy with the large size of their breasts or women who feel that smaller breasts would better complement their figure are also excellent candidates for breast reduction. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Freel will ask about your preferred breast size, shape, and other aesthetic aspects to ensure that he provides exceptional results.

It is also important that patients be in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the kinds of results that are possible through surgery. Women between the ages of 16 all the way up to late 60s can achieve significant improvement with surgery.

Can Breast Reduction be combined with other procedures?

Breast reduction can be combined with other procedures at the same time. Often, patients choose to improve their abdomen at the same time as a way to redistribute the proportions of their body and enhance the appeal of their entire figure.

Many women are interested in receiving a “mommy makeover” after giving birth. In these cases, a breast reduction is often combined with abdominoplasty, an arm lift, a thigh lift, or a buttocks lift. Liposuction is often added to a breast reduction to further improve the shape of the breasts.

Breast reduction can also be performed at the same time as a hysterectomy, gall bladder removal, or other elective surgical procedures. During your initial consultation with Dr. Freel, the two of you can discuss any other procedure you may be interested in and he can formulate a surgical plan to suit your specific needs.

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Does insurance cover a Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction is often covered by insurance. However, each insurance company has specific criteria to determine whether it is covered. At the end of an office consultation, our office can submit the inquiry to insurance to determine whether it is covered. If it is not covered by insurance, the surgery can be performed via cosmetic fees.

How much does a breast reduction cost?

Typically, a breast reduction costs approximately $6500 for everything (anesthesia, facility fees, surgeon’s fees, etc.) If additional procedures are added, then the cost can increase. Insurance procedures vary on the cost depending on the different insurance policies.

How can I schedule surgery for breast reduction?

If you are unhappy with your large breasts, if your large breasts are causing you to suffer from chronic joint and muscle pain, or if the size of your breasts is having a negative effect on your quality of life, call our office today – (225) 924-7514 – to schedule a breast reduction with Dr. Freel in Baton Rouge, or click here to schedule a consultation online.

Dr. Freel is dedicated to ensuring our patients are as satisfied as possible with the care and results we provide to them, so contact us today to get started with your breast reduction.