Breast Reduction Techniques

Breast reduction surgery can help relieve pain from your large, heavy breasts, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders, including the pain of bra strap indentation marks on the shoulders. A breast reduction procedure is typically performed one of three ways. These common techniques are used to surgically reduce breast size.

 1. An Anchor Scar

Named for the shape of the scar it leaves on the bottom of the breast, an anchor scar is the most common breast reduction technique. With this procedure, an anchor-like incision, or an upside-down “T” incision is made at the bottom of the breast. This incision will be used to remove excess breast tissue and skin, and to reshape and recontour the breasts, and lift them into a more aesthetically pleasing position.

 2. A Vertical Breast Reduction

Women with moderately large breasts may be good candidates for a vertical breast reduction, or lollipop scar reduction. With this technique, the breasts are opened around the areola and the middle of the breasts. From this incision, excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the areola and nipple are placed into a more natural looking position.

 3. Liposuction

Women who only need a mild breast reduction surgery may opt to use liposuction for the procedure. This option is especially good for women who have fatty breast tissue and good skin elasticity.

Which Breast Reduction Technique is Right for Me?

All women are different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for breast reduction surgery. The technique used depends on each unique situation and anatomy. It also is determined by the desired results including how much breast tissue a woman wants removed, whether breasts need to be reshaped and recontoured, and what size and look fits on a body frame.

Will Insurance Cover My Breast Reduction Surgery?

Determining if insurance covers a procedure depends on a number of factors. One of the primary requirements for insurance companies to cover a breast reduction surgery is medical evidence that naturally large breasts cause a significant amount of back, neck or shoulder pain. Dr. Comizio and staff works with each patient and their insurance company to try to cover the procedure.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Comizio to discuss your options: (973) 775-9248.