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
"Getting Back to Me After 3 Sweet Babies! - I’ve been wanting a tummy tuck ever since after I had my first c-section and my OBGYN looked at my stomach and said “the only way you’re going to loose your stomach is to have a tummy tuck.” I had three c-sections and with the first two weighing in at 9lbs 0.2 oz and 9lb 3oz. My last baby was the smallest at 8lb 9oz. Each baby was 28 months after the last.I had a breast reduction by a different surgeon two years ago and afterwards I only saw my belly. I researched several doctors, read countless reviews, searched the end of YouTube for videos and finally chose Dr. Song.My initial consult was April 27, 2021. I arrived alone at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery and was greeted by Stacy. I eventually was taken to the back by Adriana she explained everything that was going to happen during the consult, had me undress and she took photos.Dr Song came in shortly after and explained the procedure, asked questions, performed an assessment and told me what type of tummy tuck I was a candidate for. He was thorough and made it very clear he was not going to flip me over on the table and was not going to perform back lipo. He showed me a video of the process and showed the areas he is going to lipo (the flanks), answered my questions and that was basically it.After he left, Jessica came in and explained the pricing, provided the quote and advised me to call when I was ready to schedule. I paid $75 for the consultation and was told if I choose Dr. Song the $75 will go towards the overall cost of the surgery.I left feeling glad my questions were answered but a little uncertain at the same time. I questioned do I want lipo of my back rolls? Why wouldn’t he flip me over? After giving it much thought, my expectation was to have a natural looking tummy. I don’t want the “Instagram model” look. I don’t want to look overly liposuctioned if that makes sense. I came back to Real Self, reviewed his reviews and photos again, discussed it my husband, my best friend and a few others close to me and then decided I’m going to go for it!I called on May 4, 2021 to schedule the surgery. Cindy was very nice and helpful. It was $500 to schedule the appointment and that will also go towards the cost of the surgery. I’m super happy I took the step, super happy about choosing Dr. Song and look forward to the surgery day this month in September!"- S. / RealSelf / Sep 07, 2021
"Dr. Song is my #1 Surgeon & He Should Be Your #1 Surgeon Too! - Dr. Song is the BEST! He did my original Breast Augmentation with silicone gel implants back in 2015. They were PERFECT! He really listened to my concerns and gave me the size I envisioned for myself. This past March 2021, I was ready to go a little bigger in size. Of course I went back to Dr. Song. I truly trust his work and expertise. My new size is BEYOND PERFECT! I am so in love! Adriana and Kate, his two assistants, are extremely thorough and really made me comfortable and confident from the beginning of my journey in 2015 to now. I highly recommend Dr. Song and Prima Center! You will not be disappointed. :)"- B. / RealSelf / Jul 14, 2021
"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 13, 2021
"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
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.