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Myth #1: Recovery from breast reduction is extremely painful
Truth: During the first few days for most women, the discomfort levels ranges from fairly minimal to moderate and is usually well controlled by pain medication. Of course, some patients experience more pain than others, but many of my patients take low doses or a very short course of pain medication. In general, recovery from a breast reduction is relatively short and quite manageable (and usually far more tolerable than recovery from a breast augmentation).

Myth #2: Breasts will remain saggy following a breast reduction
Truth: A woman’s breasts will eventually sag over time due to the effects of gravity, stretching of the breast tissue, a loss of elasticity, and more. Significant weight fluctuations can accelerate stretching and drooping. If a woman maintains her weight and wears a supportive bra, the results of a breast reduction can last longer.

Myth #3: Breast reduction causes a total loss of nipple sensation
Truth: A vast majority of patients, in my experience, retain most if not all of their nipple sensation following breast reduction surgery. Though there are some breast reduction patients who come to my office with little to no sensation in their nipples to begin with, it is rare for a woman to lose all nipple sensation as a result of the procedure.

Myth #4: A woman cannot breastfeed after breast reduction surgery
Truth: The ability to breastfeed after a breast reduction is dependent upon a multitude of factors including the initial size of a woman’s breasts, the extent of the reduction and final size, as well as the surgical technique employed. I am aware of several patients of mine who had children subsequent to their breast reduction and who were able to breastfeed.

Myth #5: Breast reduction is not covered by health insurance plans
Truth: Different insurance plans have their own criteria for breast reduction surgery eligibility. Conditions for coverage may relate to a patient’s weight versus the amount of breast tissue that is expected to be removed, BMI, cup size, and the presence, severity and number of symptoms related to the enlarged breasts including neck, back, and shoulder pain. Some insurance plans specifically exclude coverage for breast reduction surgery. For those women who can’t obtain insurance coverage or don’t have health insurance, we offer special package pricing here at the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in order to make the procedure more affordable.

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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