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Breast Reduction to Improve Health and Appearance


Although a full, hourglass figure is considered beautiful, overly large breasts can affect a woman’s appearance and self-confidence. In many cases, a full-chested woman can experience significant discomfort because of the size of her breasts. Fortunately, Drs. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Louis Boileau offer breast reduction surgery at their Nova Scotia practice. Women who have breast reductions are some of the most satisfied patients because they achieve better functionality and improved quality of life. Even those who do not qualify for insurance coverage can enjoy the tremendous benefits of this procedure. It may be possible to obtain tax relief for the cost of this procedure if you have symptoms that impair your quality of life. Contact The Landings Surgical Centre to find out if you are a candidate for a breast reduction.

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What Happens during Breast Reduction Surgery?

There are several ways that your doctor can perform breast reduction surgery. The right technique for you will depend on your body type and the amount of skin to be removed. The anchor incision pattern is the most common method. Dr. Bendor-Samuel or Dr. Boileau will create an incision along your breast crease. Another will run up to your areola. Alternatively, your doctor could make a “lollipop-shaped” incision around your areola and down to your breast crease.

Through the incisions, Dr. Bendor-Samuel or Dr. Boileau will trim away extra tissue and fat. In some cases, liposuction alone may achieve the desired results. If you have stretched or overly large areolas, the doctor will also remove extra skin from their circumference. He will also raise your nipples, as needed. Finally, he will close the incisions with careful techniques for minimal scarring. The nipples stay attached to you at all times so sensation is usually maintained.

Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction can have both practical and aesthetic benefits. First, your more proportionate breasts will enhance your figure. Your entire body may look noticeably slimmer. In turn, you may feel much more confident. Following breast reduction, you may also feel better physically. The treatment can ease back pain due to heavy breasts, and it can eliminate chafing under your breast crease. If your breasts were extremely large, the surgery can reduce your risk for back problems. You may also enjoy a fuller range of physical activities.

Due to the far-reaching benefits of breast reduction, women who undergo this procedure are some of our happiest patients. Dr. Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Boileau have a great deal of experience with this procedure. They have performed over 5000 such surgeries throughout the course of their careers.

Insured vs. Uninsured Breast Reduction

Because women undergo breast reduction for a variety of reasons, Canadian insurance companies have established certain rules to determine which procedures are eligible for coverage. To qualify for health purposes in Nova Scotia, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 or less. The amount of tissue to be removed must total at least 400 grams. If you are over weight and living in Nova Scotia the government will not cover your surgery unless you fit into these parameters. It may, however, be possible to obtain tax relief even if you have the procedure done for health related reasons outside of MSI at our private clinic in Halifax.

At The Landings Surgical Centre, we perform both insured and uninsured procedures. If you choose an uninsured procedure for cosmetic reasons, your breast reduction will take place at a nearby hospital, rather than at the clinic. Whether performed for health or cosmetic purposes, your surgery will yield beautiful, natural, and lasting results.

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Learn more about breast reduction and its many benefits. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. 

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JoAnne Reid, Nursing Director, The Landings Surgical Centre

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