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Breast Reduction Columbus

Are you tired of back pain? Do you have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly? Breast reduction surgery at our Columbus, Ohio practice helps patients solve these and many other problems related to large breasts. There are many reasons you may be considering having breast reduction surgery. If you wish to reduce the size of your breasts, you are certainly not alone! Many women come to Dr. Shah for breast reduction surgery in order to ease the physical pain that can be caused by large breasts.

If you have considered improving your lifestyle and increasing your everyday comfort with breast reduction surgery, contact Columbus, Ohio surgeon Bivik Shah today for a consultation.

  • Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
  • Why should I have breast reduction surgery?
  • Will the scars from breast reduction surgery be visible?
  • Will my insurance pay for breast reduction surgery?
  • What is involved in breast reduction surgery?
  • What is involved in the recovery from breast reduction surgery?
  • What is the next step?
  • What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Patients at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery have many reasons for wanting breast reduction surgery, including:

  • Self-consciousness and low self-esteem from a poor body image
  • Having to purchase custom bras
  • Difficulty finding clothes that either fit the chest or body, but not both
  • Unwanted and embarrassing attention
  • Difficulty with activity and exercise
  • Back pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain from bra straps
  • Rashes and even infections in the breast crease
  • Poor posture

You do not need to have all of these difficulties to be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. Sometimes, even just one of these problems is severe enough to warrant breast reduction surgery. At our Columbus, Ohio practice, Dr. Shah and his staff have performed many of these procedures and will take the time to thoroughly consult with you about your choices.

Why should I have breast reduction surgery?

Patients have breast reduction surgery for a variety of reasons. If you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, you will find that the procedure has the potential to significantly improve your quality of life. For those who wish to reduce or eliminate the back pain, neck pain, headaches, and rashes that are often caused by large breasts, this surgery is ideal.

Contact our breast reduction surgeon to determine if this procedure is right for you. At the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bivik Shah will be happy to meet with you to discuss your surgical options.

Will the scars from breast reduction surgery be visible?

With any surgery, there will always be some visible scars after healing is complete. For breast reduction surgery, two main types of incisions are commonly used. The first option is in a shape similar to a lollipop. This incision is around the areola (the dark circle surrounding the nipple) and then straight down to the breast crease. The second option is shaped much like an anchor. The incision is made around the areola, straight down, and then side to side along the breast crease. The type of incision that is made depends on your individual case. Dr. Shah takes every precaution to minimize scarring.It is important to remember that everyone's scars heal differently. Your surgical scars will continue to heal for a very long time, even though your body will feel better much before the healing of your scars is complete. Scars typically continue to improve for a year or two after breast reduction surgery, becoming less visible as they fade. There are many factors that typically affect how a scar will heal. Generally, age, location on the body, genetics, lifestyle, smoking, and sun exposure will all significantly affect the visibility of the scar. Following the advice of your surgeon after your breast reduction is a crucial step to minimize scarring. With their straightforward and helpful instructions, Dr. Shah and his staff in Columbus, Ohio will help you minimize your scarring.Breast reduction procedures have among the highest patient satisfaction rate of all elective surgeries. So, while all breast reductions will come with some scarring, most women see this as a justifiable trade-off. You can look forward to having smaller and perkier breasts, participating in athletic activities, fitting into clothing, and getting relief from neck, shoulder, and back pain.

Will my insurance pay for breast reduction surgery?

This is one of the most important issues facing women who are considering breast reduction surgery at our Columbus, Ohio practice. Insurance plans vary greatly. However, there are two general conditions that must be met in order for breast reduction surgery to be covered by insurance. The first condition requires that a medical need must be met with breast reduction surgery. A medical need could include such things as back pain, neck pain, headaches, pain from bra indentations in the shoulders, and rashes. The second condition is that the tissue to be removed must meet certain weight requirements.During your breast reduction surgery consultation at our Columbus, Ohio office, Dr. Shah and his staff will discuss the medical problems that you are experiencing as a result of large breasts. Dr. Shah will then outline this information in a letter to your insurance provider. This letter will also include a photo of your breasts (without showing your face) and an estimate of how much weight can be removed from the breasts. If this measurement meets the weight requirements of your insurance carrier, then your insurer will likely cover your breast reduction surgery. If your insurance company decides that your case does not constitute a medical necessity, our Columbus, Ohio staff will be happy to inform you of available financing options.

What is involved in breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery is an outpatient procedure. This means that you will be able to go home the same day that your surgery is performed. Breast reduction surgery is usually performed at a hospital. Dr. Shah has admitting privileges at all of the hospitals in Columbus, Ohio. This means they can practice in operating rooms at any area hospital. The surgery usually takes about two and a half hours to perform. Most people spend about an hour in the recovery room following their procedure. You will be completely sedated during the surgery.

What is involved with the recovery from breast reduction surgery?

After your breast reduction surgery with Dr. Shah you will be able to go home after we monitor your post-surgery recovery for about an hour. Although you will be able to take care of yourself, it will be important to have someone with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery. Most patients have some discomfort for about 7 to 10 days after breast reduction surgery. Dr. Shah will provide pain medication to help ease any discomfort that you experience. You will need to wear a support bra for about six weeks after surgery, and you should feel 100 percent back to normal after one to two months have passed.

What is the next step?

The next step toward breast reduction surgery is to visit our Columbus, Ohio office for a consultation with Dr. Bivik Shah. During your consultation, Dr. Shah will discuss all of the details of breast reduction surgery, including its risks and benefits. Next, he will perform a physical examination of your breasts. Finally, Dr. Shah will discuss all of the aspects of breast reduction surgery as they pertain specifically to you. At any time during the process, Dr. Shah and the entire staff at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery will gladly answer all of your questions you have about this very important decision in your life.

What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

With any surgery, even routine surgery, there are risks involved. These risks include:

  • anesthesia risks
  • bleeding
  • infection
  • bruising
  • swelling
  • infection
  • discomfort
  • scarring
  • asymmetry
  • necrosis (loss of part of the skin or nipple)

Contact Us for a Consultation

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, please contact Dr. Bivik Shah at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery in Ohio to learn more about any of the risks and benefits of this life-changing procedure or to schedule a private consultation.

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