Smith Plastic Surgery Institute Helping Patients with Large Breasts Relieve Pain

In most cultures, breasts are often seen as a primary characteristic of physical attractiveness. Women often seek breast reduction surgery from Smith Plastic Surgery Institute to decrease the size of their breasts or reduce physical pain. Large and sagging breasts often cause back and shoulder aches. Women also complain that it is often difficult to find clothes that fit correctly or that they are just unhappy with the size of their breasts. As a result, many women seek out a procedure known as “reduction mammaplasty,” often called a breast reduction.


Multi-Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lane Smith performs breast reduction surgeries in Las Vegas to help reshape patients’ breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The breast reduction procedure includes the surgical removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. The reasons for getting a breast reduction are myriad and include the following:

  • Dissatisfaction with the physical appearance of large breasts.
  • Sagging breasts are produced by their large size.
  • Painful bra strap marks or rashes as a result of large breasts.
  • Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts.
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts.

General Procedures

There are several options regarding breast reduction surgical procedures, and Dr. Smith and his medical team will discuss the options with you during your consultation. The most commonly performed breast reduction procedure involves creating an incision that circles the areola and moves down, following the natural curve that forms underneath the breast. Dr. Smith removes the excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin from the breast. Once completed, the areola is moved to a higher position to account for the change in shape and size, where it is held in place with stitches.

Recovery Process

Following the procedure, the patient will be bandaged and instructed to limit movement as much as possible to expedite the healing process and prevent the possibility of postoperative complications. The patient can shower a day after the procedure and should take care when washing underneath and around the breasts.

Since Reduction mammoplasty is a surgical procedure, some pain is expected. As with any surgery, the chance of complications is possible, though they are rare. The chance of developing complications can be minimized by following proper postoperative care procedures.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance companies will cover the costs if you need a breast reduction for medical reasons such as back pain, neck pain, bra strap grooving, or maceration. Most insurance companies use a formula to determine if they will cover the surgery. This formula is based on your weight, height, breast size, and the amount of breast reduction needed.

The insurance company frequently insists on removing a minimum amount of breast tissue, usually 400 to 500 grams (about one pound). Also, they are hesitant to approve breast reduction surgery if you want to be a C cup size or larger after surgery.

If you feel breast reduction surgery is right for you, call our Las Vegas plastic surgery specialists at 702-838-2455 to set up an initial consultation. Dr. Lane Smith is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing this procedure, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in the best possible hands.

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