What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction sometimes referred to as a reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgical procedure to treat women with oversized and sagging breasts. All three components of the breasts; skin, fat and gland are commonly removed. The breasts are shaped and sculpted to a smaller more upright position. Any asymmetry or enlargement of the nipples and areola (dark areas) are improved at the same time.

A breast reduction is similar to a breast lift or mastopexy procedure. The major difference is that with a breast reduction we not only lift the breasts, we also remove a significant amount of breast tissue. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis; however if there is a large amount of breast tissue to be removed Dr. Shienbaum prefers to perform the procedure in a hospital setting.

Occasionally your health insurance may provide coverage for the costs of a breast reduction procedure. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly more difficult to get approval for this procedure. To check your coverage, make sure to check with your Tampa area provider. Patients in the Lakeland, Brandon, and Riverview areas can check with their insurance companies to understand surgical costs.