6. Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
Large and heavy breasts can cause many painful and uncomfortable medical issues. The weight of large breasts can cause strain to back and neck muscles. Large breasts can hinder physical activity due to pain and discomfort. Furthermore, rashes, infections, and skin issues can develop beneath the breasts. Insurance companies may pay for surgery to provide relief, but they may first require a patient to attempt other methods of relief. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you may need documentation from a chiropractor, dermatologist, or orthopedist before surgery is approved.
5. Excess Abdominal Skin Removal (Panniculectomy)
Once you’ve dropped the pounds, major weight loss can leave behind droopy folds of saggy abdominal skin and fatty tissue. United Healthcare states that a panniculectomy is considered medically necessary if certain criteria are met. First, the panniculus, or fold of skin, must hang at or below the joint connecting the pubic bones. Second, the panniculus must cause certain skin conditions such as sores or infections. Third, the excess skin must interfere with daily activities and normal function. Finally, the goal of the proposed surgery must be an improved ability to perform daily activities.
4. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck differs from a panniculectomy in that your surgeon removes fat as well as excess skin. Furthermore, this procedure involves tightening the abdominal muscles beneath the layer of fat. This operation is generally considered cosmetic, even in the case of stretched abdominal muscles and skin following pregnancy. However, following a mastectomy, your physician may remove skin, blood vessels, and fatty tissue from your abdomen to use to reconstruct your breasts. Procedures that transfer tissues from the abdominal area to the breast area include a SIEP flap and a DIEP flap.
3. Butt Lift
Contouring the buttocks is a cosmetic procedure. However, breast reconstruction following a mastectomy may include removing tissue from the buttocks to form new breast tissue. Of course, it is far preferable not to have to endure the pain, stress, and worry of breast cancer. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your derriere, Fitness Magazine has tips for a 7-Minute Workout: Booty Boot Camp. This workout includes exercises like squats, butt kicks, butt lifts, and leg lifts to strengthen and tone your leg and gluteal muscles.