Overview and Video
Patients who have large breasts that cause discomfort or physical ailments are considered good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Oftentimes, breast reduction surgery can be covered by your insurance if you suffer from medical symptoms and meet certain criteria. This procedure removes excessive fat, skin and tissue from the breasts to give patients a more proportionate and comfortable figure. During the consultation, patients will have the opportunity discuss with one of our doctors their desired size as well as allow them to examine, weigh and document the breasts. The board-certified plastic surgeons of Prima Center for Plastic Surgery in Duluth look forward to discussing your aesthetic goals and creating a new figure you can be confident with and proud of. We can provide breast reduction cost specifics during your initial appointment.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"I had a breast reduction by Dr. Stephenson on 8/25/21. I had a great experience, he was super informative and i felt comfortable and confident in him every step of the way. I’m doing well and very happy with results. No more back pain after years. I would definitely recommend and will be going back to get more work done."- A.S. / Google / Nov 18, 2021
"I had breast reduction 2 weeks ago. Dr. Stephenson did an Awesome job I'm in recovery mode but I already love my beauties. I highly recommend this place and the Doctor."- C.B. / Facebook / May 27, 2022
"Where do I start? I usually don’t do reviews, but I had to do a review on Dr. song and his team from my consultation to my four-week post-op. Kate and the team were excellent. They made me feel so welcome and warm. Even when I was starting the anesthesia, I could hear Kate saying we will take really good care of you; everything is going to be OK that really warms my heart, and I will forever be a client there. Thank you, guys, and my breast augmentation are delightful!"- I.T. / Google / Aug 29, 2022
"Dr. Song is the best surgeon that I have worked with. Not only does he get you to your desired results but he does it safely. He is very attentive with all and any needs that you will have along the process, especially post op. He can guarantee you amazing results from surgery but when you go home and have to take care of yourself, rest assured that he and his staff (Kate and Adriana) will always answer any questions or concerns that you may have. As a nurse I felt very comfortable and at ease throughout my whole process. I’m almost 6 months post op from a breast reduction and I couldn’t be happier with my results. I look forward to working with him and his team in the future."- R. / Google / Oct 20, 2022
"This was the best experience. I was very nervous about getting a breast reduction at 21, but he did an amazing job! 10/10, I would recommend Dr. song to anybody who is thinking about having any type of surgery done."- D.S. / Google / Dec 12, 2022
It is important to find a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon who has experience with this procedure. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of tissue loss when blood flow is restricted. Loss of sensation to the nipple is also a risk of this procedure. Liposuction is also implemented to remove the excess fat while the loose skin will be excised and tightened to form the newly shaped breasts. This procedure is also implemented as a way to correct the issue of breast asymmetry.
The most common incision for breast reduction is “the anchor scar” or a vertical T scar. With this kind of approach, the incision is made around the areola, extends vertically down to the breast crease, and then is followed by another horizontal incision along the direction of the fold. Some patients with smaller reductions may be a candidate for a vertical only scar. The areola will be repositioned once the breasts have been resized and reshaped. A lift will also be done so that the breasts will be placed higher on the chest. A breast lift by definition is part of a breast reduction procedure and therefore should never be charged to the patient as an additional cosmetic procedure.
Breast reduction is always done in an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually takes about 2 to 4 hours. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Results following a breast reduction are usually visible immediately after the surgery. Nipple sensitivity will gradually return within the first year.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-7 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Reduction FAQs
Will Results Last?
Breast reduction is a long-term solution for patients who are affected with excessively large breasts. In cases where there is significant weight gain, the results may be compromised just like any cosmetic procedure that modifies body shape. Natural aging and gravity will take their toll over time and will still affect the breasts with or without the reduction. It is important to maintain a good health routine so that the enhancement lasts for a long time.
For women with larger breasts, the areola is also excessively large. In a breast reduction surgery, an areola reduction is also considered. As an incision is made surrounding the areola, the excess skin will also be trimmed so that it is proportional to the breasts’ new shape.
How Much Reduction?
This varies depending on the doctor’s initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size.