Women with naturally large breasts (macromastia) often face painful symptoms such as back pain and divots in their shoulders due to the weight put on their bra straps. Macromastia prevents women from comfortably performing daily activities and makes exercising difficult. Cosmetic surgery offers these women an alternative to this continued discomfort through breast reduction surgery.
If you or a loved one struggles with painful symptoms from large breasts, our board-certified plastic surgeon can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff in Missouri today at (636) 532-1717 to discuss your breast surgery options. We proudly serve clients in St. Louis, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, and St. Charles, Missouri.
Common Symptoms Large-Breasted Women Face
Women who have excessively large breasts often go through life feeling uncomfortable and unattractive. They frequently feel the object of attention and can’t participate in certain activities or have difficulty finding clothing that fits comfortably.
Symptoms of enlarged breasts include:
- Mild to severe back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Bra strap indentions
- Poor posture
- Skin irritation
- Skin infection between or underneath the breasts
There are other issues that women with macromastia face such as asymmetrical breasts, meaning one is noticeably larger than the other. Naturally large breasts can also make the shape of your body feel and appear disproportionate.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
A breast reduction is performed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts. The goal is to reduce them to a comfortable size to eliminate discomfort and provide the freedom to perform physical activities and wear whatever clothing you want. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Kofkoff uses specific techniques which are determined by the size of your breasts and the amount of reduction necessary to meet your aesthetic goals while also improving your health.
During the procedure, the weight of your breasts will be reduced, and the areolas and nipples will be repositioned to enhance the new appearance of your breasts. In some cases, the size of the areola may be reduced, and excessive fullness in the surrounding chest area may be removed as well.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
An ideal candidate for any plastic surgery procedure is in good health, a non-smoker, and has realistic expectations for their results. If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, you’re likely a good fit for breast reduction.
Will Insurance Cover My Breast Reduction?
Health insurance providers may cover the cost of your procedure, but before they will do so, you will need to have sufficient documentation of your painful symptoms as well receive prior authorization in many cases. We can help you navigate the insurance claim process so you can have a healthy, pain-free, and proportionate figure.
Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation in St. Louis
Breast reduction surgery is a personal choice that shouldn’t be made lightly. Visiting our office for a breast reduction consultation will provide you with all of the details necessary for you to make an informed decision. Dr. Kofkoff specializes in breast surgeries and breast revision. He’s a board-certified plastic surgeon who will listen to your concerns and answer all your breast reduction questions to make sure you’re fully prepared for your breast reduction and the recovery period that follows.
If you think you may be a good candidate for breast reduction and would like to learn more about the procedure, please contact our plastic surgeon in St. Louis today at (636) 532-1717 to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Kofkoff and our experienced staff serve clients in Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Charles and surrounding areas of Missouri.