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Breast Reduction
on Long Island

Although we live in a culture that celebrates a woman's curves, women with very large breasts understand what it's like to have too much of a good thing. Large breasts can limit your physical activity, cause pain and discomfort, and attract unwanted attention. Women considering breast reduction on Long Island are often self-conscious, and feel the need to hide their bodies beneath baggy, shapeless clothes or even avoid social situations due to a poor body image.

Fortunately, women with overdeveloped breasts can dramatically alter their proportions through surgical breast reduction. Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. James Romanelli specializes in this procedure, which can provide substantial relief from both the physical and emotional burdens of oversized breasts.

If you are ready to learn more about breast reduction near New York City, request a free surgical consultation with Dr. James Romanelli, a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast enhancement on Long Island.

Breast Reduction - Your Options

Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, has one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction of all plastic surgery procedures. For a woman whose large breasts have bothered her for years, breast reduction can be life changing. Women considering breast reduction are often seeking relief from:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Headaches
  • Limited ability to exercise
  • A feeling of being disproportionate and "top heavy"
  • Painful indentations from bra straps
  • Extensive sagging/stretched skin
  • Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Enlarged areolas
  • Unwelcome attention and social discomfort

Due to the number of health concerns caused by overly large breasts, many health insurance companies will cover all or part of the costs of this breast surgery on Long Island, New York.

Click here to learn more about insurance options for breast reduction surgery.

Generally, breast reduction involves removal of excess breast tissue, skin, and fat through incisions made on the breasts. In many ways the procedure is similar to a breast lift except in the amount of breast tissue (as well as skin) that is removed. It is an outpatient procedure requiring general anesthesia, which is administered by a board-certified MD anesthesiologist. Your breast reduction will be tailored to your specific needs, considering factors such as amount of reduction desired, health and medical history, your particular breast composition, and Dr. Romanelli's recommendations. Usually, Dr. Romanelli will use one of the following methods:

Anchor-Shaped Incision

This incision encircles the areola, descends vertically, then underscores the natural curve of the breast to form the shape of an anchor. After the incision is made, the nipple - which remains attached to nerves and blood vessels - is moved to a higher position on the breast. If necessary, the areola is also made smaller by removing skin at the perimeter. Then the underlying breast tissue, fat, and skin is removed, and the breast is lifted and tightened to form a more proportionate breast contour.

Vertical Breast Reduction

Also called the lollipop incision, the vertical breast reduction is an option for some women, particularly if they require a lesser degree of reduction. When less tissue and skin need to be removed, it may be possible to limit the incision to one that encircles the areola and descends in a straight line, forming a lollipop shape.

In some cases, liposuction may be used in conjunction with one of the above methods to remove excess fat. It is rare, however, that liposuction alone is used for breast reduction.

Important Considerations

Although breast reduction is a functional surgery, it is an aesthetic procedure as well. In other words, the surgeon is not simply removing the excess volume of breast tissue, but sculpting and contouring the breasts to create an aesthetically pleasing size and shape. For these reasons, it is extremely important to choose a surgeon with extensive experience and training in breast reduction surgery.

Dr. James Romanelli is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast enhancement. His years of experience and refined skills in breast reduction surgery allow him to customize each surgery to meet the specific needs of the individual patient. He thoroughly understands both the emotional and physical considerations of breast reduction surgery, and will help you to choose the surgical methods that will best achieve your breast enhancement goals.

To take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced physique, click here to request a free surgical consultation with Dr. James Romanelli at his Long Island breast surgery practice. Or, you can call his office at (631) 424-3600 to set up your appointment.

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