RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY: BREAST REDUCTION
Experts estimate that over 1 million women suffer from overly large breasts
122,838 women underwent breast reduction surgery in 2013
Reduction mammaplasty, or breast reduction surgery, is the surgical removal of excessive breast or glandular tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size and weight of your breasts in proportion to your body, with a goal of alleviating the pain associated with overly large breasts.
What is breast hypertrophy?
Breast hypertrophy is a rare medical condition of the breast connective tissues, wherein the expected plus extraordinary tissue weighs in excess of 3.3 lbs in a single breast. Macromastia can be unilateral (in a single breast) or bilateral (in both breasts).
Common symptoms of Macromastia
Nearly all patients with clinically-defined macromastia experience one or more of the following:
What is Gigantomastia?
When a woman's breast weight is over 3% of her body weight (or over 5.5 lbs in a single breast), she has a medical condition called gigantomastia. Gigantomastia is a form of hypertrophy, which is an enlargement that occurs in an organ or tissue caused by an increase in the size of its cells beyond what is normal for that type of cell. Interestingly, this condition happens more often than you might think. It occurs in one out of every 28,000 to 100,000 pregnancies. Patients with this condition often experience rashes, migraines, and chronic back pain, chest pain, and shoulder pain. Further, extra large breasts may contribute to mental health disorders. In a 2014 study published in the publication Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, researchers found that teens with breasts outside of the norm scored lower on emotional well-being and self-esteem tests.
Breast Reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates
According to a study published in the August 2014 issue of the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, nearly 90% of women rated their cosmetic outcomes from breast reduction surgery as "good" or "very good"
How satisfied are patients who undergo breast reduction surgery with Dr. Bindewald?
Patients are overwhelmingly satisfied after reduction mammaplasty surgery with Dr. Matt Bindewald. Although the surgery is complex and recovery longer than breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries, most patients find extreme and immediate relief after surgery from shoulder and neck pain, bra strap compression, back pain and posture problems.
A validated study called BREAST-Q (2009) surveyed patients before surgery and 6 weeks after surgery, when many patients are still undergoing some level of discomfort from recovery of this extensive surgical procedure. Even this early post-surgery, statistically significant improvements were reported by patients regarding:
Real Self, an online plastic surgery website dedicated to reporting "real" patient stories and satisfaction rating, reports an astounding 98% "worth it" rating, derived from 2,788 patients in 2015 and 2016.
10 years post surgery, breast reduction patients report 95% satisfaction with the procedure and a willingness to do it again even given any post-procedure recovery. This data suggests that patients, regardless of the amount of breast tissue removed, experience an overwhelmingly higher quality of life.
Contact Us Today
Are you considering breast reduction surgery? Dr. Matt Bindewald has extensive experience with complex reconstructive surgery procedures, and is known for his attention to detail when planning the techniques and tools he will use during surgery to achieve the perfect aesthetic outcome for each patient given their unique breast density, size, shape, and skin suppleness.
Dr. Bindewald's exacting techniques and artistry, combined with our transparency in pricing, has resulted in patients who are overwhelmingly pleased with their final outcome as well as their pocketbook. Further, patients experience the expertise and dedication of his office staff who will work with you and your insurance company to see if you might qualify for insurance-covered breast reduction surgery.
We accept and welcome patient questions both online and in person; Dr. Bindewald responds to all patient inquiries directly. Our HIPAA-compliant website and email ensures your utmost discretion and privacy when sending communication to our surgical team.
Contact us online or schedule an appointment in our San Antonio office today. Many out-of-town patients consult with us online first before scheduling their in-person consultation. You can reach us at the phone number or email address listed below, through this web form, or schedule your own appointment via our online request form, which can be accessed here.