Breast Reduction

If you are a woman with overly large breasts, breast reduction surgery can literally change your life. Many women with large pendulous breasts have a variety of symptoms, some severe, which can limit their activities and quality of life. Breast reduction surgery allows Dr. de Ramón to remove excess breast tissue and reshape the breast so it looks natural but still is appropriately sized for each woman’s body type. Symptoms such as shoulder strap grooving/pain, shoulder top pain, upper back pain, neck pain, and recurrent skin breakouts below the breast can be dramatically improved.

There have been some real advances in breast reduction techniques in the last 5 years. Since 2003, Dr. de Ramón has worked to develop his own breast reduction technique by integrating short scar breast reductions, vertical breast reductions, and advances in suture technology and pain management to offer patients better breast shape, shorter scars, diminished pain, and faster recovery.

Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Patients should be at a stable weight and have good skin elasticity. In addition, they should be in good health and non-smokers. Many patients will have complaints of shoulder, neck and back pain, shoulder strap grooving and rash under the breasts. Patients range in age from 18-80.

What is recovery like?

Most breast reduction patients experience mild pain during the recovery period which is controlled with pain medication. Patients usually return to work in 3-7 days and are back to most normal activity and exercise in 3 weeks. Dr. de Ramón has a specially trained medical staff to offer personal care throughout the recovery process. Post-op patients are also given his personal cell phone number to contact him in case of problems or concerns.

What is the cost of breast reduction surgery?

Many women in the Harrisburg, PA region find that their breast reduction surgery is covered by medical insurance. Each insurance plan has different medical criteria for breast reduction, but the criteria often include back, shoulder and/or neck pain, shoulder strap grooving, rash below the breasts and a larger than normal breast size. Insurance coverage typically requires that patients have tried and failed conservative measures to control their symptoms.  They also usually stipulate how much breast tissue must be removed to qualify for coverage.  Dr. de Ramón has specially trained staff who will review your medical policy and criteria to obtain authorization to proceed with surgery. A patient may be responsible for co-pays or deductibles based on their insurance plan.

Some patients elect to undergo cosmetic breast reduction in order to improve their appearance. A breast reduction is performed as an outpatient procedure. The cost varies based upon the length of time required for surgery. Fees are separated into physician, facility, anesthesia, and pathology cost. Total cosmetic breast reduction fees range from $6500-7000.

Male breast reduction- see Men’s page.


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