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 from physical and emotional pain. The skilled team of professionals at SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics in Atlanta and the surrounding areas helps women find relief through customized breast reduction surgery.
What is breast reduction?
A breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure conducted to provide a patient with proportionally sized breasts and to alleviate the associated pain. (macromastia)
This procedure can be combined with a breast lift to reduce both the size and 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 Reduction Mammoplasty?
During your initial consultation, you will discuss your medical history and desired outcomes with the surgeon. The surgeon will take measurements and photographs to help plan your procedure, answer any concerns you may have, and provide you with any necessary pre-operative information.
The reduction procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes between 1 ½ and 3 hours. It is traditionally performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home to recover the same day.
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. Sometimes it is necessary to combine the reduction procedure with a breast lift to achieve the desired result. A typical breast reduction does not lift a significant amount of sagging or loose skin, but using a combination of surgeries offers optimal results.
The surgeon will strategically place sutures inside the breast tissue to best support the breast augmentation changes. Finally, the incisions will be closed and protected using stitches, surgical tape, skin adhesives, or both. Patients are required to wear a special bra while recovering from a breast reduction to help mitigate swelling and provide protection and support during the healing process.
The incision lines will form scars, but with proper aftercare, they will fade over time. If desired, the appearance of visible scarring can be reduced through some cosmetic procedures.
Typically, you will attend a few scheduled follow-up visits so the surgeon can 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 Reduction Mammaplasty Last?
The results of breast reduction surgery are considered permanent as long as the patient maintains a consistently healthy weight.
How Do I Choose A Surgeon For My Procedure?
Your comfort level with the surgeon who will be performing your reduction is of utmost importance, and choosing the right surgeon is a critical decision that can significantly impact the overall experience and the final outcome of your procedure.
Make sure you choose the best breast reduction surgeon you can find. Although cost may be a factor, it should not be the determining reason to choose a particular surgeon. 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.
How Much Does A Breast Reduction Cost?
The cost of 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, Georgia, typically ranges between $8500 and $9900. Use our handy pricing tool to learn more about the cost of a breast reduction in Atlanta.
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 Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery?
If you are wondering how to get your reduction covered by insurance, first you will need to determine if the procedure is covered by your policy, and then you must meet certain criteria to qualify as a candidate.
To qualify for coverage, you will need to demonstrate that the breast reduction is medically necessary rather than purely cosmetic. Your surgeon can help you gather the necessary medical records, including documentation from other healthcare professionals, such as primary care physicians or physical therapists, who can verify the impact of large breasts on your health.
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 otherwise. At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, we understand how excessively large breasts can negatively affect your self-confidence, impede certain physical activities, 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 clothing options.
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.