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Breast Reduction in San Antonio, Texas
Breast Reduction in San Antonio, TX
Large breasts can cause a woman both physical and emotional problems, causing back pain, rashes, poor posture, low self-esteem and difficulty exercising. Many women seek out Breast Reduction in San Antonio to reduce the painful effects of their large breasts, while also improving their self-confidence and overall quality of life. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery can decrease the size of large breasts by removing excess tissue and skin for a more desirable appearance.
Who is a candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Most patients who come for Breast Reduction in San Antonio have complaints of back pain, infections or rashes under the breast, or shoulder pain/creases. We generally do not recommend surgery unless the patient’s BMI is under 30. Also, prior to surgery, all forms of nicotine must be stopped. If you are interested in having your health insurance cover Breast Reduction surgery, then you should check with your insurance company to see if they have any specific requirements.
What happens during the consultation?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Koneru will discuss your goals and the problems you are having in detail. If he feels you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will take photos at this time. If you would like to try and get insurance coverage for breast reduction, we will also submit a letter to your insurance company for pre-authorization. Any supporting documentation that you can bring from other physicians who have recommended breast reduction surgery in san antonio would be helpful for insurance approval.
What happens during the procedure?
Traditionally, Breast Reduction in San Antonio has been done with an anchor type incision. Dr. Koneru uses a short scar technique which involves an incision around the areola and continues down vertically and to the outside of the breast. This technique is commonly called the SPAIR technique. Tissue is removed through this incision protecting the blood supply to the nipple and the extra skin is tightened to yield a smaller, natural appearing breast. In rare extremely large cases, Dr. Koneru may have to use the traditional anchor incision or graft the nipple areolar complex on as a full thickness skin graft.
How long is the recovery?
Dr. Koneru performs Breast Reduction in San Antonio as an outpatient procedure. Currently, he places the OnQ pain ball at the time of surgery so that the area of surgery is bathed by a solution of local anesthetic for several days. This makes the recovery much less painful and patients have reported a dramatic reduction in the amount of narcotic pain medicine needed after surgery. We generally recommend that you take a week off work for recovery and refrain from driving for three weeks.
What are the results?
The results of a breast reduction are visible right away and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will continue to fade over time, becoming less and less noticeable. Problems like back and shoulder pain will improve quickly if they are due to the large breasts. Other symptoms like shoulder grooving may take a while to improve.
What are the risks of Breast Reduction surgery?
Post-operative complications from any surgery are possible, and include things like infection, bleeding, and wound healing problems. These are usually minor complications and are easily treated. One complication that we commonly see in smokers and nicotine users is nipple necrosis. This is where the nipple dies off because it does not have enough blood flow. By choosing an experienced surgeon for your Breast Reduction in San Antonio and avoiding all nicotine products before and immediately after surgery you can avoid a troubling complication like this.