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FAQ: Breast Procedures

Considering a Breast Procedure at Island Plastic Surgery?

Breast procedures are among the most popular forms of plastic surgery. When you choose to undergo breast plastic surgery, you still have many decisions to make. There are numerous forms of the procedure, all meant to address a specific problem. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the variety and complexity of these procedures, Island Plastic Surgery is here to help. We’re Long Island, NY’s premier provider of breast procedures, and we can answer all your questions. Check out our FAQ below for the responses to common concerns or feel free to reach out to us with any additional questions.

What Is a Breast Lift?

Breast lifts address sagging skin around the breasts, by tightening and lifting it. This doesn’t change the size of your natural breasts, but it does reshape your chest for a firmer, more youthful appearance. Breast lifts are most effective for patients with stretched skin, but they’ll need to have a stable weight and fully-developed breasts. Some patients choose to schedule this procedure in conjunction with a breast augmentation.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Most people know breast augmentation by the method used to complete it—breast implants. During this breast procedure, Dr. Gallagher and her team use these implants to increase or improve the natural shape and size of your breasts. Patients who have concerns about asymmetrical breasts or simply want a larger bust often choose this procedure. However, breast augmentation may not be for you if your breasts have lost their shape due to pregnancy or weight loss.

When Is a Breast Reduction a Good Idea?

While some women want to increase the size of their breasts, others would prefer a breast reduction. A breast reduction is a good idea for those who struggle with back, shoulder, neck, and joint pain as a result of large breasts. Breast reductions are also known to minimize skin irritation from bra straps and improve overall posture. Some patients report being able to lead a more active lifestyle as well!

Can Men Get Breast Procedures?

Contrary to popular belief, breast procedures aren’t just for women. At Island Plastic Surgery, we certainly offer breast procedures to men who need them. Some men struggle with gynecomastia, a condition in which there’s too much tissue around the breast. Fortunately, Dr. Gallagher can remove this excess fat in hopes of giving these men more confidence in their appearance.

What Is the Recovery Process for Breast Procedures?

Every breast procedure comes with some post-operative risks. Some patients report excessive bleeding, blood clots, and loss of sensation in the nipples. However, you can minimize these risks with proper care during the recovery process. After your surgery at Island Plastic Surgery, you’ll be outfitted with gauze and a surgical support bra. You may need to wear small tubes for the first few days to drain blood and excess fluid. In the meantime, you can take pain medications and apply ice or cold compresses to the area. After four to six weeks of recovery time, you should be able to return to strenuous activity and business as usual.

Will Insurance Cover Breast Procedures?

Unfortunately, insurance does not tend to cover cosmetic surgeries. However, you may be covered if you’re seeking a breast reconstruction or breast reduction. In any case, it’s always best to talk to your workplace’s human resources department or your insurance provider to find out what you’ll be covered for. Should you need assistance finding out what’s paid, our team is happy to help.

Why Choose Island Plastic Surgery?

In Long Island, NY, Island Plastic Surgery is known for its superior breast procedures and the utmost compassion for our patients. Our team, led by Dr. Pamela Gallagher, has decades of combined experience and strives to provide you with the best care possible. Beyond breast procedures, we also perform face procedures, tummy tucks, liposuction, and much more. No matter your cosmetic goals, trust our team to help you realize them. Contact us today to get started with a consultation.

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