Breast Reduction in
Having an aesthetically pleasing figure including beautiful breasts does not necessarily mean very large breasts. Women who have small frames and disproportionately large breasts often suffer physically and emotionally. An expertly-skilled cosmetic surgeon can help women find relief through a customized breast reduction that will address each patient’s unique circumstances.
What is breast reduction?
A breast reduction or reduction mammaplasty is a surgery performed to provide a patient with breasts that are proportionate to their body size and to relieve the associated discomfort. (macromastia)
A breast reduction reduces both the size and heavy weight of overly large breasts by eliminating excess breast tissue and fat and correcting any loose, saggy, or stretched skin.
Who Would Benefit From A Breast Reduction?
- Women who suffer back or neck pain due to the heavy weight of their breasts;
- Women who chronically display poor posture due to their large breasts;
- Women who experience skin irritation from bra straps, shoulder notching, or rashes under their breasts;
- Women who suffer emotional discomfort associated with the size of their breasts;
- Women who suffer headaches, breathing issues while sleeping, or physical limitations due to the size of their breasts.
What Can I Expect During A Breast Reduction?
During your initial breast reduction consultation, you will speak to the surgeon about your medical history and discuss your desired results. The surgeon will take some measurements and pictures to help plan for your procedure, answer your questions and provide you with any pre-operative information you may need.
The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes between 1 ½ to 3 hours. Breast reduction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and patients can return home to recover the same day.
Breast Reduction Procedure Steps:
The surgeon creates the necessary incisions to perform the patient’s unique breast reduction. These incisions may be:
- A circular shape that runs around the areola;
- Shaped like a keyhole – circular around the areola and then vertically straight down to the breast fold;
- An anchor shape.
Once the incisions are made, the nipple is repositioned but it remains attached to the nerve and blood supply. The area of the areola is made smaller if necessary through skin excision.
Excess breast tissue is eliminated and the remainder is lifted, re-contoured, and shaped into a smaller breast. The surgeon will layer sutures inside the breast tissue that can support the breast augmentation changes. Finally, the surgeon will use stitches, surgical tape, skin adhesives, or both to close and protect the incisions. Most patients will need to wear a special bra while recovering from a breast reduction.
The incision lines will form scars however with proper aftercare they will fade over time. The appearance of visible scarring can also be reduced through some cosmetic procedures.
The surgeon will want to see you for a few scheduled follow-up visits to monitor your recovery progress.
Who Is A Candidate For A Breast Reduction?
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if:
- You are in good overall health;
- You suffer from physical pain related to the weight of your breasts (back, neck, or shoulder);
- You suffer from “shoulder notches” or indentations from your bra;
- Your large breasts inhibit your physical activity;
- You do not smoke;
- You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large;
- You experience skin rashes or irritation under your breasts;
- You have a clear knowledge of the procedure, risks and your expectations for the surgical results are reasonable.
How Long Do The Results Of A Breast Reduction Last?
The results of breast reduction surgery are considered permanent as long as the patient maintains a consistently healthy weight.
How Much Does A Breast Reduction Cost?
The cost of breast reduction surgery will vary by patient and the extent of the correction needed. During your initial consultation, our team will discuss the cost of your procedure and share information about our flexible financing options. The cost of breast reduction surgery in Atlanta, Ga typically ranges between $8500 to $9900. Use our handy pricing tool to learn more about the cost of a breast reduction in Atlanta.
The choice of the surgeon that will perform your procedure will be one of the most critical elements in determining your results. Make sure you choose the best breast reduction surgeon you can find. Do your research, read reviews, and patient testimonials, look for publications and articles the surgeon has written or contributed to, etc to determine their level of expertise before making your decision.
When evaluating the cost of a breast reduction make sure you understand what the costs include. Many surgeons quote the base cost of the surgery and do not include costs such as anesthesia fees, operating room fees, surgeon fees, etc. The price you are quoted at SurgiCare Arts is all-inclusive and there are no hidden fees.
Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is sometimes considered a “cosmetic procedure” but in other cases, it may be medically necessary.
If you are wondering how to get a breast reduction covered by insurance, you will need to determine if the procedure is covered by your policy and then meet certain criteria to qualify as a candidate. Many insurance companies, including Medicaid, may cover breast reduction surgery if the patient has a documented history of painful symptoms or physical limitations due to the weight of their breasts.
Bigger Is Not Always Better
Some people believe that bigger is always better, but women who suffer from macromastia would argue. At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, we understand how excessively large breasts can negatively affect your self-confidence or impede certain physical activity and even affect your general quality of life.
After a breast reduction, you will have fewer physical limitations and the pain associated with the weight of your breasts will be alleviated. You will have a wider selection of bras that will fit and support you and more options in clothing.
Where Can I Have Breast Reduction Surgery Near Me In Atlanta?
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, with Surgicare Arts & Aesthetics offer breast reductions for women in Buckhead, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Duluth, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.