Breast Reduction 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
"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
"Dr. Song was my doctor for a breast reduction and I have nothing but good things to say about him . He is very knowledgeable and very well known for his great work. Highly recommended!"- K.H. / Google / Apr 05, 2015
"I have been going to Dr. Zwerin for over 6 years now. I have had a breast reduction & injectables. Dr. Z is on top of all the new procedures and will take the time to explain why he does or does not recommend what you are asking for. I am totally comfortable at all times that my best interests are at heart when I go to see him. Cindy is an absolute joy !! Very thoughtful and informative. Thank you Prima Center for making my choice an easy one when it comes to my care!!"- S.B. / Google / Jun 05, 2015
"love this man! - Duluth, GA - Dr. Song is the man! Did I say I love this man? He is very straight to the point and honest. If he doesn't feel it's the right thing to do he will let you know. I was a smoker prior to my surgery and he made sure that I was very well informed about the horrible possibilities of smoking and this surgery. I quit about 60 days prior to my surgery. On my 1 week pre-op visit he "fussed" at me and said " I will not do this if you are smoking!" I liked that very much! I would much rather he fuss at me that have someone do it just to do it.Dr. Song has been very informative and you can tell that he is very concerned about the job that he does. He takes the time to walk you through everything and make sure you understand. I researched many Dr's for this procedure and when I found him I just knew!The office staff is great as well. Very friendly and happy to assist you with anything you may need. They were able to get my insurance to approve me in less that two weeks."- A. / RealSelf / Sep 17, 2013
"33 with G's and Hoping for C's - Duluth, GA - So far he has been great. A very kind and caring doctor who wanted the best for me and not his pocket. He's very friendly and put me at ease very quickly."- C. / RealSelf / Feb 28, 2015
Breast Reduction 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.
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 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.
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.