Relieve back aches and shoulder pain with insurance-covered breast reduction surgery


    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).

  • "My body reminded me that I wasn't built to carry around that much weight in my breasts every day - with neck aches so painful I couldn’t turn my head; with the deep grooves my bra straps made in my aching shoulders; with the chafed skin that sports bras left under my bouncing breasts, raw skin stinging before scabbing over."

    -Jaclyn Voran, 34 DD breasts on a 5 ft 1 in frame

  • Common symptoms of Macromastia

    Nearly all patients with clinically-defined macromastia experience one or more of the following:

    • Symptomatic back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain that is unrelieved by medications, supportive garments and physical therapy
    • Arthritic changes in the cervical or upper thoracic spine causing significant restrictions in activity
    • Recurring skin infections along the inframammary fold
    • Rashes, called intertrigo, along the folds of the skin, caused by excess pressure from the breasts
    • Painful shoulder grooves and skin irritation caused by bra straps supporting excessive breast weight
    • Chronic breast pain caused by heavy breasts
    • Chronic backache
    • Chronic headache
    • Abnormal rounding of the upper sign (called thoracic kyphosis)
    • Abnormal tingling, tickling, pricking, numbness or burning of the skin as a result of brachial plexus compression caused by excess weight on shoulders from bra straps

    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.

  • Do you have persistent pain caused by heavy breasts?

    You might be eligible for insurance-covered breast reduction surgery. Call us today at 844.376.2882

    Relief for patients with symptomatic breast hypertrophy.

    Insurance-covered reduction mammaplasty for symptomatic breast hypertrophy can relieve persistent neck and shoulder pain, painful shoulder grooving from bra straps, chronic intertriginous rash of the inframammary fold, and frequent episodes of headache, backache, and neuropathies caused by heavy breasts.

  • 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:

    • satisfaction with breast appearance
    • psychosocial well-being
    • sexual well-being
    • physical well-being

    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.

  • Q&A with Dr. Matt Bindewald

    "How do breast reduction surgical techniques differ from surgeon to surgeon and what is your operating philosophy?"

    "There are many different techniques used in breast reduction surgery. These can be broken down into (1) the area of breast tissue to be removed and (2) the skin incisions used to remove the excess skin. Given the complexity of this particular surgery and the nuanced differences within each and every patient, the particular technique I employ will depend primarily on the shape and size of your breast and the amount of skin that needs to be removed. I also look closely at factors such as age, prior breast surgery and the potential desire for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be preserved in most techniques, but not in all.


    From an incision perspective, I discuss the incision patterns with each patient to determine how we can achieve her desired reduction with an ideal cosmetic outcome and minimal scarring. I do not believe in a one-size-fits all philosophy, or in using the same techniques with each patient. This increases the planning time that I spend with each patient, but is well worth it for both of us in the end."

  • 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.

    7950 Floyd Curl Drive, Ste. 1009
    San Antonio, TX 78229
    Mon-Thurs, 8am-5pm
    Fri, 8am-12pm
  • Famous People Who Have Had Breast Reduction Surgery

    These women say that breast reduction surgery changed their lives and their careers for the better

    Ariel Winter after breast reduction surgery

    Modern Family star Ariel Winter

    Age 17: From a 32F to a 34D

    August 12, 2015: "It started to hurt so bad that I couldn't take the pain." After surgery Ariel states to Glamour Magazine: "People start looking me in the eye. Guys I'm friends with can start looking me in the eye. Other people I know can finally not turn around and whisper behind my back about, "Are those real? Are those fake?" I've heard that for so many years. Even at 14, people would ask me, "Do you have fake boobs?" But we live in a society that that's what they think about."


    Read her exclusive interview with Glamour here.


    Photo: Ariel after breast reduction surgery

    Credit: Shutterstock

    Drew Barrymore after breast reduction surgery

    Actress Drew Barrymore

    Age 17: From a DD to Unknown

    1992: "There's something very awkward about women and their breasts because men look at them so much. When they're huge, you become very self-conscious. Your back hurts. You find that whatever you wear, you look heavy in it. It's uncomfortable."


    Photo: Drew after breast reduction surgery

    Credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com

    Soleil Moon Frye after breast reduction surgery

    Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye

    Age 15: From a 38DD to a 36C

    April 26, 1993: "It was hard for me to even give somebody a hug...I couldn't sit up straight without people looking at me like I was a prostitute."


    Soleil suffered from gigantomastia, and her tiny 5'1" frame couldn't support the weight of her breasts. Even after 4,000 stitches and a long recover, she states the surgery was well worth it. Read her interview with People Magazine here.


    Photo: Soleil after breast reduction surgery

    Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com