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Women with larger breasts can suffer from a variety of physical symptoms as well as practical concerns about the size of their breasts. The strain on the body, appearance and ill-fitting clothing are some of the reasons large-breasted women may consider breast reduction surgery. At Maia Plastic Surgery, our mammaplasty specialist Dr. Munique Maia offers breast reduction surgery to relieve pain and improve the overall appearance of the breasts at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

Reasons for Breast Reduction

While some women want larger breasts and come to us for augmentation, there are many who want just the opposite. Large breasts are heavy and cumbersome, especially for women with smaller frames. Those who love sports and living an active lifestyle may find their larger breasts are an obstacle to achieving their best performance. As women get older, there can be other side effects that can accompany large breasts. These include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Bra strap grooves on the shoulder
  • Difficulty finding shirts or dresses that fit
  • Sagging issues
  • Sweating under the breasts
  • Overall appearance

Breast reduction surgery can transform the breasts into smaller versions that are firmer and well-shaped. A breast lift occurs as part of the reduction of the breast skin and tissue, creating perkier breasts that are less invasive and more balanced with the patient’s frame. Not only can a reduction cause less pain and discomfort, but the breasts can also be transformed and lifted for an improved appearance.

Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?

Since breast reduction surgery is often considered to relieve back and neck pain, it can be determined a needed procedure. In many cases, insurance will cover the costs of breast reduction if it is considered medically necessary. However, there are some factors that can impact whether or not insurance will cover the procedure. These include:

  • Is the patient height-weight proportionate? Some insurance companies will not pay for breast reduction if the patient is overweight or has a high BMI.
  • Recommendation from a primary-care physician for the procedure to relieve health concerns
  • How much breast tissue weight will be removed

Every insurance company has different policies on coverage for this procedure. Our clinic can work with your primary care physician and insurance company to meet the qualifications. However, breast reduction surgery can always be performed as a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the breasts without insurance coverage.

Smaller, Firmer Breasts

If you desire smaller, firmer breasts, a reduction surgery may be right for you. For many women, this procedure can be a relief from chronic pain and a wonderful transformation for breast appearance. Removing excess tissue and skin, while reshaping and elevating the breasts can create beautiful breasts that are perkier and youthful. This can be an opportunity to create the desired shape that enhances your body’s shape and appearance.

Breast reduction surgery requires incisions around the areola and possibly incisions under the breast to remove the excess skin and tissue. Dr. Maia is an expert at hiding the incisions and scars from cosmetic breast surgery, leaving the breasts looking natural. Once the skin and tissue heal, the scarring is very discreet, resulting in well-shaped breasts that are lifted and less stressful on the body.

If you have larger breasts and want to explore the option of breast reduction surgery, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery today to schedule your appointment. We can schedule a personal breast consultation with Dr. Maia at our clinic in the greater Washington, DC, area at Tysons Corner. You deserve to have breasts that are comfortable, attractive and fit your lifestyle.

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Karen D.

Selecting a surgeon: After having two children and weight fluctuations over the years I was left with complete loss of volume in my breasts. I had four consultations with other surgeons but after comparing their photos to Dr Maia’s and meeting her in person, I knew she was my doctor. We talked about my lifestyle - being a mom and a professional, I didn’t want to be too big, but I’m curvy so I didn’t want to go too small for my frame either. She let me try on sizes and once I selected she agreed it was a good fit for my frame. Post op recovery: I was a smoker and had quit prior to surgery but she was very honest and adamant in telling me how important it was that I did not smoke. (I honestly needed the lecture and the transparency about what could happen if I did start smoking before surgery and post-op.) Because I was formerly a pretty heavy smoker, it did cause some issues after surgery with wound closing and she was SO diligent and on top of it seeing me once and week and squeezing me in for appointments between surgeries and patients. She prescribed different things to address the would closure issues before they really became a problem. Being able to have text message access to the office was great when I had questions and she even accommodated my schedule when I couldn’t be seen in person to send progress photos so that she could check on me. 3 months post op: I’m so happy with the results of my surgery and am so glad I waited to find the right doctor. She’s an artist! They look natural, fit my body shape and they haven’t even fully “dropped and fluffed” yet. Would highly recommend… comparing her patient photos to other surgeons will end your search. I feel so much better in my body thanks to Dr Maia.

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