Breast Reduction in Las Vegas

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

Multi-Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lane Smith performs breast reduction surgeries 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:

  • Dissatisfaction with the physical appearance of large breasts.
  • Sagging breasts 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 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 then held in place with stitches.

Recovery Process

Following the procedure, the patient will be bandaged and instructed to limit movement as much as possible so as 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 breast reduction is a surgical procedure, some pain is to be expected. As with any surgery, the chance of complications are possible, though they are rare. The chance of developing complications can be minimized by following proper postoperative care procedures.

Insurance Coverage

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

Frequently the insurance company will insist on removing a minimum amount of breast tissue usually in the range of 400 to 500 grams (about 1 a pound). Also, they are hesitant to approve breast reduction surgery if you still want to be a C cup size or larger after surgery.

If you feel that breast reduction surgery is right for you, call our Las Vegas plastic surgery specialists (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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