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If you feel that your breasts are too large or heavy, then you might be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Breasts that are disproportionately large can cause pain in your back, shoulders, or neck, breathing difficulties, poor posture, and chafing under your breasts. Many women feel self-conscious and conscientious, and larger breasts may interfere with normal daily activities or exercise. Women may have difficulties finding clothes that fit their frame or even fit their lifestyle. Breast reduction surgery can be liberating for women with breasts that are too large for their frame. Some of Dr. Fryer’s happiest and most outspoken patients have been his breast reduction patients.
Dr. Fryer will listen to your concerns and help you decide on the best approach to solve your problem of breasts that are too large for your frame. In addition to reducing the size of your breasts, the tissue will be lifted into a more youthful and pleasing position and shape. After breast reduction surgery, many patients have an improved body image and experience an improvement from health problems associated with excessively large breasts. Not all symptoms that women believe are due to their excessively large breast size may resolve entirely; there may be other, underlying issues causing pain or other symptoms. In Dr. Fryer’s experience, however, most women report at least some and often significant improvement in symptoms after undergoing breast reduction surgery. Any significant amounts of breast tissue removed at the time of surgery will be sent for pathology examination. This will result in a bill through your insurance company that you may be responsible for if you have not met your deductible for the year.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia that is enhanced with local anesthesia in the remaining tissue for your comfort. The size of the areola (dark skin around the nipple) is often reduced as part of the surgery. Dr. Fryer removes tissue as planned and then sutures the remaining breast tissue higher on the chest wall, which significantly extends the duration of the repositioning and lift that he performs. The incisions are covered with tape and light dressings, and the bandages are held in place with a bra. Some drainage and light bleeding can be expected for the first day or two. Initial discomfort subsides within several days and can be easily controlled with oral medications. Dr. Fryer emphasizes the benefits of alternative medications similar to ibuprofen and acetaminophen instead of narcotics. He believes his patients are more comfortable using these additional medications, and his patients use less narcotics, which helps to speed their recovery and provide a higher level of safety. He uses dissolving sutures for his breast reduction patients so you will not have to return for routine suture removal. The tape is removed one week after surgery and you will be instructed to begin using a scar recovery cream to help optimize the appearance of the scars. The scar cream is obtained at his medical spa, Clarity Skin, and is used twice a day for six months. Breast reduction scars typically fade in 9 to 12 months and women seem to be very satisfied with their long-term results. It is important to note that breast reduction surgery may significantly reduce your ability to breast feed.
The specific risks and the suitability of breast reduction for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with Dr. Fryer in his Draper, UT plastic surgery clinic. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, but major complications are rare.
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Dr. Fryer changed my life! At 40 years old my too-large-for-my-frame breasts were sagging, causing back problems, headaches and self-esteem issues. Now at 41 I have no back pain or headaches and I feel great! Like I’m 20 again! I’m able to wear cute tops again. I know when people talk to me and are looking me in the eye and not at my breasts is a great feeling – I love Dr. Fryer!
Pam; Elko, NV
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Any woman who feels that their breasts are too large and is self-conscious about the size of their breasts may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Women may have symptoms of neck and back pain, bra strap grooves and shoulder pain, headaches, rashes and other symptoms associated with large, pendulous breasts. Excessively large breasts may originate from multiple different causes. Excessive estrogen production, or higher breast tissue sensitivity to normal levels of estrogen may result in breasts that become larger than normal. Gigantomastia (massively increased size) is an extreme degree of hypermastia (excessively large breasts) and usually does not have an identifiable cause. Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) does not treat or cure the underlying problem causing the increase in size, so women must understand that their breasts may continue to grow, and repeat surgery is not uncommon later in life.
I LOVED working with Dr. Fryer. I had gone to multiple consultations and researched countless surgeons. I went in for a reduction and after talking to him (most other offices I visited I saw a consultation rep, not the actual surgeon) for 5 minutes, my choice was made. He was very informative and forward about all the facts and especially the risks. He didn’t sugar coat anything or make me think it was going to be a breeze. It’s a big procedure and you should know all the information. His staff is LOVELY, I have loved working with everyone.
Shelly; South Jordan, UT
Does insurance cover breast reduction surgery?
Every insurance provider has different qualifications for, and exemptions from, breast reduction surgery. You need review your specific policy and, if necessary, contact the benefits department of your insurance company to determine coverage. If your insurance company includes breast reduction surgery as a benefit, they may still have requirements prior to authorizing that surgery for you. These requirements may include things like letters from different doctors verifying that symptoms are caused by hypermastia, needing to attend physical therapy sessions to determine if rehabilitation can help improve your symptoms.
Dr. Fryer has elected not to accept insurance payments for breast reduction surgery. There are several reasons why he doesn’t accept insurance payments for this surgery, and it all comes down to getting the best result with the best chance of improved symptoms for each of his patients. All women interested in breast reduction surgery have similar complaints. Neck and back pain, bra strap grooves and shoulder discomfort, difficulty finding bras or clothing that fit, and not being able to exercise because of breast pain are some of the very common issues that women talk about. They all talk about how they hope they can solve or reduce these issues with the surgery. Dr. Fryer has noticed that these women don’t say, but they all intend, that they want to still look feminine and curvy. They want to feel like a woman, just with smaller, more normal sized breasts.
When women elect to go through their insurance for breast reduction surgery, the insurance company will require that a minimum amount of tissue (by weight) be removed from each breast in order to qualify for coverage. That means that the plastic surgeon must remove at least that much tissue from each breast if they don’t want everything to get denied by the insurance company; the operating room cost, the anesthesia fee, the pharmacy charges, and the surgeon’s bill can otherwise all be declined. Dr. Fryer does not agree with a minimum amount of breast tissue being removed and feels that sometimes this can result in a masculinized appearance for some women. Once or twice a year he sees a woman in consultation for breast augmentation that underwent breast reduction by another plastic surgeon some years before and now feels like she is too small. Therefore, Dr. Fryer has elected not to accept insurance payments for breast reduction surgery; he does not want an insurance company algorithm mandating how much tissue must be removed. He believes that the cosmetic plastic surgeon should be making that decision for each patient individually.
Dr. Fryer has a system for removing the excess skin of the breast along with the extra breast tissue that results in a more youthful, shapelier breast with better nipple position and more upper pole fullness that just seems to balance and harmonize the woman’s curves and preserves their feminine appearance. No guarantee can be given on cup size because there is no industry standard for a given cup size. Dr. Fryer’s system seems to offer a reasonable chance of improved symptoms while providing for excellent size, shape, and position. His office can give you a written price quote for the entire cost of breast reduction surgery so that you will know in advance what it will cost you. The only costs not included in the price quote are the costs of your prescription medications, and the cost of the pathologist examining the breast tissue that is removed. This pathology fee can be sent through your insurance even though Dr. Fryer doesn’t accept insurance payments. If you have met your deductible for the year then your insurance pays the pathology cost. If you haven’t met your individual deductible for the year then you will be responsible for the cost of the pathology. It is the standard of care to send significant amounts of breast tissue for pathological evaluation. Each patient needs to review their own insurance policy to determine their coverage for, and potential cost of breast tissue pathology.
How much breast tissue can be removed with a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can remove a very wide range of tissue. Everything from almost no tissue removed, which is basically the same as a breast lift, all the way to removing almost all the tissue, which is basically a sub-total mastectomy or mastectomy. Every woman has their own motivation for wanting a breast reduction surgery and Dr. Fryer can help you determine how much breast tissue should be removed in order to best meet your goals and expectations. Because he does not accept insurance payments for breast reduction, Salt Lake City cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Fryer is able to make plans and decisions to achieve the best results for his patients without insurance company demands and protocols. Women seeking breast reduction surgery from him want to decrease the size of their breasts for many different reasons, but they all want to look feminine when they are done. That is where his artistry and skill with breast reduction surgery excels; he has the knack to determine how much needs to be removed in order to have a reasonable chance at improving symptoms and still produce a beautiful, feminine curve and shape.
There are several different kinds of breast reductions, similar to the different types of breast lifts. The choice of which breast reduction is best for you depends on how much tissue will need to be removed and how much extra skin you have in relationship to that breast tissue. During a consultation with board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr.Fryer in his Salt Lake City area medical office, he obtains specific measurements that help determine the best plan for your specific situation. Dr. Fryer helps each patient understand the balance between removing breast tissue to improve symptoms and leaving enough tissue to ensure a feminine curve and shape. He is not able to guarantee a final cup size because of inconsistencies between different bra manufacturers, but his system for planning the amount of tissue to be removed consistently achieves harmony and balance between the breasts and the woman’s other curves.
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