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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction in Mammaplasty in Duluth, GA

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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.

Surgical Technique

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.

Incision Placement

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.

During/After Surgery

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. 

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Recovery Time  
1 week
Average Procedure Time  
4 hours
Post-op Follow-up  
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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.

Smaller Areola?

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.

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