FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Breast reduction:
It is best to reach your ideal weight before you come in for your breast reduction because if you lose the weight after the surgery, it could affect the results of your breast reduction. If you lose a significant amount of weight after it could result in smaller and slightly droopy breast. However, most of our patients Kenya will struggle to lose weight BECAUSE of their breasts – it is often just too difficult to exercise with very large breasts.
MAYBE! Most medical insurance companies cover breast reduction surgery however we will need to provide you with a medical report to seek approval from your insurance and we always go the extra mile to provide the insurance with all the necessary information for their review and approval. International companies usually have a very well defined recommendation as to who will qualify, while some local Kenyan insurances will decide from a patient to patient basis. A good rapport with your insurance provider will sometimes help to shift the favour to having the op covered. From our point of view, it is a medical condition if the large breast cause discomfort, interfere with daily life and cause emotional distress.
We will provide you with special bras post-surgery which you will need to wear ideally day and night for about 6 weeks after your surgery. As you continue to heal you can start wearing regular bras without the underwire because the underwire is likely to irritate the tissue, rub on the scar and compromise your healing. We recommend to still use the special bra or well fitting sports bras during exercise after 6 weeks. After about 12 weeks post-op all the swelling will have completely subsided so you can now shop for new bras that will fit your new breast size and shape.
Many women who have had a breast reduction have gone on to successfully breast feed their babies but this is a conversation you can have with Dr. Tilman Stasch when you come in for consultation. He uses a special technique where the Nipple-areola-complex (NAC) is preserved complete with nerves (sensation), blood vessels (circulation), and breast ducts (breast feeding).