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We found 4 providers with an interest in breast reduction and who accept Highmark near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Joseph Michael Serletti, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
10th Floor, Penn Tower; 3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Serletti is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, deviated septum, and septoplasty. Dr. Serletti is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Serletti has an open panel. Before completing his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Serletti attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Serletti include: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue from 2006 - 2008, and 2009 - 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Suhall Khuzema Kanchwala, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
10th Floor, Penn Tower; 3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Suhail Kanchwala's specialty is plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), deviated septum, and septoplasty. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Kanchwala honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Kanchwala performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kanchwala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Deviated Septum, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. David Wei-Wen Low, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Wood Ambulatory; Care Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Low works as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, PA and Chalfont, PA. His areas of expertise include neck reconstructive surgery, dermabrasion, and deviated septum. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Low attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He has received distinctions including Best Microsurgical Save of 2008, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting; The Don LaRossa, MD Annual Teaching Award, Division of Plastic Surgery; and Penn Pearls Teaching Award. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paris D Butler, MPH, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paris Butler is a plastic surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Clinical interests for Dr. Butler include tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), flap reconstruction, and body contouring. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Body Contouring, Deviated Septum, Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, ... (Read more)

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What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgery to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts in order to ease discomfort.

When women have unusually large breasts, the weight of the breast tissue can cause significant pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. If the breast tissue pulls the shoulders down in a certain way, nerve problems can result, leading to a feeling of pins and needles in the arms and hands. The skin underneath large breasts can suffer from rashes. Women with unusually large or heavy breasts might not be able to participate in sports or other activities that they would like to do. Large breasts can also lead to unwanted attention and a significant loss of self-esteem for many women.

Some men may also seek to have breast reduction surgery. Due to certain hormonal disorders, men can sometimes develop enlarged breast tissue, called gynecomastia. This condition can be a source of great emotional distress.

During a breast reduction surgery, the patient is usually ‘put to sleep’ with general anesthesia. An incision is made around the areola, the dark area around the nipple, and sometimes down the underside of the breast as well. Through this incision, the breast tissue is removed, lifted, and shaped. The areola and nipple are repositioned higher on the breast. Then the new breast is sutured, or sewn closed. The entire procedure takes between two and five hours. For several weeks after the reduction, the new breasts will be swollen from surgery, and their size will continue to change until healing is complete. Scars are usually small but visible right after surgery, but they fade after several months.

In order to be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, a patient must be in good general health, not significantly overweight, not a smoker (or able to stop smoking temporarily), and old enough that the patient’s breasts have finished developing. Although there are several good reasons to undergo breast reduction surgery, there are risks as well. Some of these risks are related to surgery in general, such as risks for anesthesia or blood clots. Others are specific to breast reduction surgery, and they include the risk of asymmetrical breasts, decreased sensation in the breasts, or an inability to breastfeed in the future.