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.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Another doctor referred me to Dr. Zwiren for a breast augmentation. Am I ever glad he did! The staff (for my consult and pre-op, so far) has been professional, courteous and friendly. At both appointments Dr. Zwiren himself has taken the time to listen to my desires, go over the procedure in depth and answer all of my questions. Very knowledgeable about how to get the results I want with my body type. I will update this more after my procedure next week...but expect nothing but greatness from this practice."- T. / Kudzu / Jan 31, 2012
"I had very hard time deciding on a plastic surgeon for my breast implants, however, one acquaintance told my about Dr.Song and after doing my research I chose him for my procedure. And I am so happy that I did! He did an AMAZING job, consulted with me about what I want and what the results will be, and lived up to the promises made. Dr. Song is such a professional, yet a caring, gentle and understanding doctor. I recommend him to everyone for ANY plastic procedure!!"- Y. / Kudzu / Apr 03, 2012
"I was on the hunt for a good plastic surgeon when I came across Dr. Nakano's name. I went in for a breast reduction consultation and he made me feel incredibly at ease about the procedure. He never once sugar coated the process and was?"- S. / Citysearch / May 31, 2012
"Another doctor referred me to Dr. Zwiren for a breast augmentation. Am I ever glad he did! The staff (for my consult and pre-op, so far) has been professional, courteous and friendly. At both appointments Dr. Zwiren himself has taken the time to listen to my desires, go over the procedure in depth and answer all of my questions. Very knowledgeable about how to get the results I want with my body type. I will update this more after my procedure next week...but expect nothing but greatness from this practice."- Google User / Google / Aug 05, 2012
"I could have gone anywhere in the world to have my breast augmentation but Prima Center and Dr. Zwiren was my choice. From the very first phone call for an appointment I was treated with respect. All of my questions, and I had a lot, were answered in a very professional manner. I was treated as an individual and this was very important to me. Dr. Zwiren's assistant nurse, Cindy, was especially helpful. The decision to have a cosmetic surgical procedure is very personal and she guided me through the whole procedure. Prima Center is one of the few practices in Atlanta to have a 3D imaging system. Wow, I was able to see my own image on the monitor and select the implant that was best for me. My surgery was done at the office and was much better than a previous experience that I had at a hospital. The results are just what I wanted and I could not be happier. Thank you Prima Center!"- J.T. / Google / Aug 05, 2012
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
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $8,500
- 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.