Breast reduction is the most common procedure with the highest rate of patient satisfaction, according to Dr. Mark S. Elliott of Meridian Plastic Surgery in Mississippi. “The impact of breast reduction surgery on the quality of women’s lives is undeniable.”
By: Dr. Mark S. Elliott
and Chris Knisley
The women that walk through Dr. Elliott’s door looking for breast reductions have reached a point in their lives where they have become limited in what they can do. “Generally, women come to the office with complaints of neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. If it’s a young person, it might be that they’re having a hard time participating in sports. As people get older it probably has something to do with their job; they can’t do their job, or by the end of the day their neck and shoulders are so sore they can have trouble sleeping at night. Some people even get numbness and tingling in their hands.”
Breast Reduction Surgery is Not a Cookie-Cutter Procedure
There are a number of solutions available and it takes a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Elliott to craft the operation that’s right for you. Typically, younger women tend to respond well to excisions of tissue while older women may be better suited to liposuction. Often, women can require some delicate combination of these two techniques. Every woman is different and should undergo an exam and consultation before making plans.
When to Consider Breast Reduction:
- If your breasts are too large for your body frame and create neck, back, or shoulder pain
- If you have heavy breasts that point downward
- When one breast is much larger than the other
- If you are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts
Will insurance cover the procedure?
Dr. Elliott reminds us, “You shouldn’t do this for cosmetic reasons, you should do it to relieve your symptoms.” A majority of his patients are seeking serious health solutions and 90% of the breast reductions that he does are pre-certified and covered by insurance. Dr. Elliott has treated hundreds of satisfied patients. “From experience of seeing how people respond, it must be something that really improves the quality of life and they’re glad they had it done.”