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Breast Reduction Procedures on the Rise

Elkhart, IN -- Having overly large breasts is often painful and uncomfortable. When the condition is left untreated, women may experience several medical concerns caused by the excess weight. Such problems can include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Fortunately, more women are beginning to understand they don't need to suffer in silence. Last year, the number of breast reduction procedures increased 11 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), with 113,140 procedures performed in 2003. Breast reductions (as well as other breast procedures) also are often performed on women who have been treated for breast cancer to achieve symmetry after mastectomy. In fact, federal law requires insurance companies to cover the cost of reconstructive breast surgery for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

"Breast reductions have been extremely successful for women with very large, pendulous breasts who have experienced medical problems," said Dr. Patrick Viscardi, MD. "Most women wanting a breast reduction are in search of physical relief verses cosmetic improvement."

Reduction mammoplasty is the technical term for what is more commonly known as breast reduction surgery. Insurance companies sometimes pay for the procedure depending on the particular medical problems caused by the condition.

"Breast reduction is a viable option these days for many women," added Dr. Ronald Downs. "Overly large breasts can be detrimental not only to a person's physical health, but to her emotional and social health as well, with feelings of self-consciousness and being stigmatized. By seeking a solution, women today are bringing this issue out into the open, where it belongs."

With nearly 5,000 members, the ASPS represents 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. Both Dr. Ronald Downs, MD, and Dr. Patrick Viscardi, MD, are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify a surgeon in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.

The Centre, P.C. is a comprehensive plastic surgery practice that delivers expert professional care to patients in the Michiana area. With specialists in the fields of hand surgery and therapy, reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery and skin health, The Centre offers a unique variety of services and treatment options, including an Injury Prevention Program for businesses and their employees. Contact The Centre, P.C. at 574.296.9100 or visit or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at

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