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Breast Reduction

We understand how uncomfortable it is to live with large, heavy breasts – the back and neck pain, headaches, the shoulder indentations as well as the unwelcome stares and difficulty buying clothes. Dr. Joseph O’Connell of Westport, CT has performed hundreds of breast reductions since opening his practice in 1988, providing his patients with a more shapely and firm breast designed to fit their unique proportions. Dr. O’Connell has also published a scientific article entitled Optimizing Results of the Inverted-T Breast Reduction and also a second article on the subject of marking the breasts in breast reduction. During your consultation Dr. O’Connell will review the various procedures for breast reduction that are available, including minimal incision techniques and “liposuction-only breast reduction” to help you determine which options are best for you. We will work with your insurance carrier to assist you in obtaining coverage for this procedure when medical necessity exists.

Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?

While most patients have functional symptoms associated with breast hypertrophy, some women desire a smaller, more shapely breast for purely aesthetic reasons.
In general patients considering breast reduction should be:

  • In good overall physical and mental health.
  • Have realistic expectations about what the surgery can and cannot accomplish.
  • Accepting of the risks and the inevitable scars that accompany breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction FAQs

  • Is there scarring with breast reduction surgery?

    Unfortunately, every technique of breast reduction surgery produces scarring. The exact pattern and location of the scars can vary with the technique utilized. In the most commonly utilized technique the scarring is in an “inverted-T” or anchor type pattern (with additional scarring around the areola).

  • What Is Liposuction-Only Breast Reduction (LOBR)?

    Breasts can be reduced in volume by removal of the fatty component in a technique known as Liposuction Only Breast Reduction. This procedure is incorrectly called “scarless breast reduction” because the scars are usually quite small. Unfortunately, most insurance carriers do not cover LOBR.

  • Is breast reduction an in-patient or out-patient procedure?

    In our practice breast reduction (also known as reduction mammoplasty) is usually performed as an out-patient procedure with our patients returning to their homes on the day of surgery.

  • Is breast reduction covered by insurance?

    In many cases breast reduction surgery cost is covered by health insurance plans. We will work with your insurance carrier to help obtain preauthorization and reimbursement for this procedure when medical necessity exists.

  • What type of anesthesia is used for breast reduction surgery?

    In our practice most reduction mamaplasties are performed under general anesthesia.

  • What are the breast reduction risks associated with surgery?

    All surgery carries risks and complications can occur. A thorough discussion of alternatives and risks is an important part of your preoperative consultation(s) with Dr. O’Connell. The most common complications of breast reduction surgery are bleeding, infection, unsatisfactory scarring, non-healing and/or lost of soft tissue, and asymmetry.