Breast Reduction Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
2001

Q&A: Is it true that my nipples would be removed with breast reduction surgery?

Question:

I have considered having a breast reduction. I had a consultation and was really scared off when I found out the nipple had to be removed. Obviously, no matter what anyone says, this loss of feeling will definitely affect ones' sex life.

- Joan

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Joan, Unfortunately, you received the wrong information. The nipple and areola (area around the nipple) is removed only in very rare cases of severely large breasts or in very old persons where operative time is a consideration. For the vast majority of women, the nipple and areola are moved upwards maintaining their blood and nerve supply. In large studies, 1/3 of women having the procedure had desreased sensitivity, 1/3 had no change and 1/3 actually had increased erogenous sensation.

-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2001

Q&A: Can I expected insurance to pay (like the first time) for a second breast reduction because my breast have grown back?

Question:

I had a breast reduction about 6 years ago and now they are back. Insurance paid for it the first time and I just wondered can you have the surgery again and will insurance pay for it twice?

- Emily

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Emily, Each insurance company is different but if you have symptoms from your breasts being too large, again, the surgery should be covered.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2001

Q&A: Would you suggest breast reduction if I have cervical spondylosis (degeneration of joints in the neck)?

Question:

I have cervical spondylosis with encroachment of nerve roots. Also have 44D bra size. Would you suggest breast reduction?

- Marianne

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Marianne, The nerve problem in you neck has little to do with your breasts although some symptomatology may get interference from the neck problem. As long as anesthesia can be safely delivered, I would suggest the breast reduction in order to at least rid you of that additional strain.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2001

Q&A: Should I consider breast reduction surgery if I plan to have more children?

Question:

Is it wise to have breast reduction surgery if you plan on having children down the line. And how will this effect the surgery

- carla

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Carla, Although women are usually able to breast feed after reduction surgery, this is not always the case. Also, additional pregnancies may cause the breasts to enlarge again. Most of us, except in extreme cases, suggest awaiting the end of child bearing before undergoing the procedure so that it only needs be done once.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jul
2001

Q&A: What do I do and where do I do it if I want breast reduction before a transgender surgery?

Question:

i am a preop transgendered female....i am looking for a breast reduction before i go and get top surgery...can you please provide me with some info on what doctors dealing with this sort of situation. Are doctors less likely to perform this sort of surgery under these circumstances?thanks for yer time snd i hope to hear from someone soon...

- Corey

Answer 1:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

I agree with Dr. Korman, I would suggest that a coordinated approach is best and this should be done in a center specialized in this surgery.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Answer 2:

Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

Dear Corey, There are few surgeons that perform transgender surgery, but there are many that perform the associated surgeries such as breast reduction/mastectomy. Most plastic surgeons can do this operations. Also, I think you might consider a general plan for your surgeries and that can be done through a center that performs transgender surgery. If you need more information,let me know Dr. Korman

--Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mountain View, California



Jul
2001

Q&A: Is it possible to get insurance companies to cover breast reduction and lift if my breasts are of completely different sizes?

Question:

If a woman's breasts are completely different in size is this a birth defect? Would health insurance cover a breast reduction and lift?

- Melissa

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Melissa, There are a number of developmental abnormalities of the breast such as tuberous breast deformity that some insurances will cover. You have to check with your insurance company and have a physician diagnose the breast deformity. There is a chance but many insurance companys consider breast deformities of any sort a cosmetic problem and not, therefore, covered.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jun
2001

Q&A: Should I consider breast reduction surgery if I have tried everything to reduce by 44 DDD breast size?

Question:

I am only 23 years old and I have seriously been thinking about a breast reduction. I am currently wearing a 44 DDD bra. I have back pain everyday I am even taking pain medication because of it. I am lost over 50 pounds but my bust size does not decrease. I have had two children and am not planning to have anymore. Would you suggest to get the surgery done or would it be a mistake?

- Crystal

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Crystal, Breast reduction surgery is one of the surgeries with the highest satisfaction rate of any that we do as plastic surgeons. I would whole-heartedly recommend that you look into having the procedure done. In your case, insurance may be able to cover a good portion of the cost of the procedure as well. Visit with a plastic surgeon who has some experience with the procedure and get all of the facts. I would also suggest that you visit with two or three surgeons so that you get multiple opinions of the best procedure for you.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jun
2001

Q&A: How can I remove scarring (rashes) under my very large breasts and can I get a list of plastic surgeons by specialty?

Question:

How can I remove scarring (rashes) under the breast from having too large breast (size 42 T approx. 50 inches); second question, is there a publication that list top plastic surgeons by speciality. I scar very easily.

- Kimberly

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Kimberley, It sounds as though you would benefit from breast reduction surgery. One of the insurance clauses to have coverage is the improvement in your problem (called intertrigo). You should be able to have at least part of the procedure covered by your insurance. There is no listing of plastic surgeons by the procedures that they perform or want to perform. Those plastic surgeons who are most interested in performing cosmetic rather than reconstructive procedures are usually members of ASAPS (American Society of Aethetic Plastic Surgeons). I would suggest that you simply ask the few surgeons in your area that you visit with how many breast reduction procedures they perform each month. If the answer is more than a few, you have an experienced breast reduction surgeon. I recall from my training that we performed at least 4 to 10 reductions per week during our training.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jun
2001

Q&A: What should I do if I had breast reduction surgery and liposuction and now I have square protrusions where my breasts previously began?

Question:

I had a breast reduction in January 2001. I went from an overflowing 40DD to a C cup. Prior to surgery I was told that some lipo is generally done given the shape of my breasts and where/how the reduction would be done. The lipo was to be done where the incision would stop beneath my arms and a small amount in the arm pit area itself. My reduction was covered by my insurance company since it was done for health reasons rather than cosmetic so the outcome causes me concern. Although the front of my breasts are noticeably smaller and are round for the most part, there does not appear to have been any lipo and there are rather squarish protrusions where my breasts previously began. Because of this shape, many bras don't fit properly and I am much more self-concious than I was before when they were too large and in the beginning stages of drooping. I am a bit overweight but was told it wasn't enough to warrant any weight loss pre-surgery so i'm concerned that they will be square even if I do lose weight. Is there anything that can be done now and if so, what procedure and what might it cost me? I am leery of returning to the doctor that did the reduction.

- Cyndi

Answer 1:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Cyndi, There are different ways of performing breast reduction surgery and those of us who do a lot of this type of surgery are very aware of the "boxy breast" problem which can result from the procedure being performed without this possible result in mind. It may be that liposuction alone will help the problem or that a revision of the outer portion of the reduction is required. I would suggest that you first revisit with the surgeon who performed the procedure and discuss these options with him/her. It may be that this was considered and that the breast may just need time to drop further to achieve a nice shape.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii