Dr. Jonas is a double board certified plastic surgeon and has been performing breast reductions for over 15 years. Here are some of our most common questions asked about breast reductions.
Breast Reduction FAQ
What is a breast reduction?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains it this way:
“Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.”
What is a breast reduction consultation appointment like?
A consultation will be very helpful for us to discuss the right procedure and plan to achieve your desired look and feel. During our consultation, be ready to discuss your complete health history including any medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments. We will discuss why you want the surgery, expectations, and any risks. I may examine your breasts, take measurements, and photos for your medical chart.
Do I need someone to drive me to and from the appointment?
No, however you are welcome to bring a family member or friend for support if you wish.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for this procedure?
Breast reduction is an individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Ideal candidates are healthy, nonsmokers, who feel the size of their breasts are limiting their daily life. You are also an ideal candidate for a reduction if you experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts.
Will insurance pay for my breast reduction?
If you are thinking about having a breast reduction, contact your insurance company. Some insurance companies cover some or all the costs of breast reduction surgery if surgery is being done to relieve back pain, skin problems, or other medical problems caused by large or heavy breasts. If this is something you feel you are a candidate for please let us know and we can discuss this with you and if appropriate prepare the submission paperwork with you at your visit.
If insurance does not COVER IT, how much does a breast reduction cost?
This is something that will be specific to each case and each procedure. Typically, the cost of a breast reduction varies, depending on several factors, and can range anywhere from $5,000 to$10,000.
How long do I need to wait to schedule my breast reduction surgery?
Typically, we perform our breast reductions in Paoli Hospital Operating Room or the Surgery Center. They are always on a Wednesday morning or Thursday afternoon. We always ensure we schedule surgery around your schedule and when it makes sense for you to have such an operation.
Once we set a date, what should I do to prepare for this procedure?
We will provide detailed instructions unique to each patient, but typically we ask all breast reduction patients to get a baseline mammogram. We also ask patients to stop smoking in the weeks before and after, and stop taking blood thinning medications prior to the procedure.
What should I wear to the procedure?
Wear something loose and comfortable.
What foods/ drinks (if any) should I avoid?
Stop drinking alcohol a week before your procedure.
Will I be awake during procedure?
How long does the procedure take?
Breast reduction surgery generally takes about one to two hours per breast, depending on extent of the repair and the techniques being used.
Do I need to stay overnight in the hospital? Is there an extra cost for this?
An overnight stay is not usually required.
Will my nipples be removed during surgery?
During your breast surgery, your nipples will be moved to a higher position on your breasts.
What if I get pregnant after a breast reduction, can I breastfeed?
Some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, it depends on the type of reduction. There is a risk that it will not be possible.
I just had a baby and would like a breast reduction how long do I have to wait before I can have a breast reduction consultation?
You can call to schedule a consultation now. However, a breast reduction should not be performed until your breasts have had the time to return to what is considered a stable size. This is usually three months post baby or three months post breastfeeding.
after I have the Breast reduction surgery, will you be taking care of me?
Yes. For all surgeries, our patients will have an email address, the office number, Joanne's cell phone number, and a direct number for Dr Jonas. We respond 7 days a week.