Breast enhancement is usually focused on helping women with small breasts, but many women live with the opposite problem—breasts that are too large for their body size and personal preference. Breast reduction is intended to give women smaller breast sizes and more attractive contours as well as relief from health problems associated with excessively large breasts.
Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Center of Atlanta offers breast reduction for women in Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and other surrounding areas.
What Is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that not only makes the breasts smaller and more manageable, but it also alleviates the physical symptoms associated with overly large breasts.
The symptoms that can be alleviated with breast reduction include:
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Indentations and bruising from bra straps
- Chafing and irritation of the skin under the breasts
- Emotional challenges, including depression and low self-esteem
Who Is A Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if you have cumbersome breasts that are causing back, shoulder, and neck pain, breathing difficulties, poor posture, and chafing under the breasts. This procedure may be helpful if your breasts are interfering with normal activities or exercise.
Breast reduction requires you to be in good overall health with realistic expectations for your results. Other considerations for breast reduction include:
- Being limited in your activities due to your large breasts
- Having chronic physical symptoms associated with overly large breasts
- Feeling uncomfortable with your breast size
- Having troubles finding bras and clothing due to the size of your breasts
The best way to determine if breast reduction is right for you is to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Brothers.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Your breast reduction is tailored to you based on your specific anatomy and aesthetic desires. This procedure usually takes between one and three hours per breast. Dr. Brothers will explain the length and details of your surgery during your consultation.
How Should I Prepare for Breast Reduction?
Before your breast reduction, you should stop smoking and taking any blood-thinning medications and supplements, such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and herbal supplements.
It is beneficial to prepare for your recovery beforehand, including setting up a stress-free recovery zone, filling prescription medications, and stocking up on healthy, easy-to-prepare meals.
Where Are My Incisions Made for Breast Reduction?
Incisions for breast revision are made using the anchor (inverted-T) technique. These incisions run around the areola (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple) and extend vertically down and along the fold under the breast.
How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Brothers will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. The nipple-areolar complex is relocated to the desired location for improved projection.
What Is Recovery Like After Breast Reduction?
Most women return home to begin their recovery period within a few hours of their surgery.
After your procedure, you can expect to develop bruising, swelling, tenderness, and some soreness. A compression garment/surgical bra may be wrapped around your chest to reduce swelling, promote circulation, and enhance physical comfort. Prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication will also help alleviate any discomfort.
Light stretching is beneficial for your recovery, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least one month. Most women return to work and their normal activities after one week.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of breast reduction varies by patient. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed price estimate that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Because breast reduction alleviates physical discomfort, it may be partially covered by insurance. Contact your insurance provider before your surgery to determine how much, if any, of your reduction is covered.
Breast Reduction FAQS
How should I choose my plastic surgeon?
Breast reduction helps women achieve breast comfort and aesthetics; however, the quality of your results depends on your plastic surgeon. Dr. Brothers is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast enhancement surgery.
We recommend that you meet with Dr. Brothers for a personal consultation.
What are the risks associated with breast reduction?
All surgical procedures come with some degree of risk. While major complications are rare, minor complications that do not affect the outcome occasionally occur. These include:
- Harmful interactions with the anesthesia
- Prolonged swelling
- Blood clots
What type of anesthesia is used for breast reduction?
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia with the assistance of an anesthesiologist who will monitor your vitals throughout the process.
Will I have scars after my breast reduction procedure?
You will have scars after your breast reduction. The incisions are placed in a manner that helps hide the scars as much as possible. These scars will usually fade in six to 12 months and can be reduced with topical creams and silicone strips.
When will I see my breast reduction results?
You will see the results of your breast reduction immediately after the surgery. As your breasts will be swollen, you can expect the overall size and shape to improve as you heal. Not only will your breasts be smaller, but you will also notice that physical symptoms are significantly reduced.
Can I combine breast reduction with other procedures?
The heaviness of the breasts combined with the aging process may cause your breasts to sag. This sagging can be reversed with a breast lift to restore tightness and elevation to the breasts. Additionally, liposuction of the axillary area reduces excess fat deposits and enhances your breast reduction results further.
Some women see their breast size increase following breast reduction, but this usually takes several years. You may benefit from a secondary breast reduction surgery to reduce this increase.
Will I need to combine a breast lift with my breast reduction?
While not every woman who undergoes a breast reduction requires a breast lift, many women benefit from both. Large, heavy breasts place excess strain on the tissues, causing significant breast sagging that can not always be repaired with a reduction alone.
Will my breast reduction results be permanent?
Your breast reduction results will last for many years, but as this surgery will not halt the natural aging process, additional breast sagging and changes will likely occur. Patients can help prolong the quality of their results by maintaining a stable weight and following a healthy lifestyle.