Breast Reduction in Atlanta, GA
If you experience back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts, have heavy sagging breasts with very low nipples and areolas, have breasts that are too large in proportion to your frame, experience skin irritation beneath your breasts, have breasts that are two different sizes, possess indentations caused by tight bra straps, are restricted during physical activity or feel self-conscious about your large breast size, then breast reduction may be the answer to your problem. Although this procedure can be done at any age, it is recommended to wait until breast growth has stopped, which is usually at age 17. The Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, led by Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr., offers breast reduction for women who live in and around Buckhead, Vinings, and Sandy Springs.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that makes one or both breasts smaller. Although this procedure is considered permanent, gravity, hormonal changes, and the natural aging process may cause slight increases in breast volume, and breast reduction surgery does not correct or prevent sagging.
Dr. Work provides breast reduction surgery for women with excessively large breasts who want to look and feel better physically as a result of breast reduction. This procedure also restores self-confidence in many women. In addition to pain and pressure in the neck and back, other common problems caused by excessively large breasts are chronic rashes or infections under the breasts and bra strap grooves in the shoulders. Procedures that reduce breast size also decrease the weight and volume of the breasts, while reshaping them and giving them a firmer, youthful appearance.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Excessively large breasts often negatively impact a woman’s self-esteem, making her feel self-conscious and insecure. The excessive weight of the breasts can also negatively impact a woman’s health, causing thoracic kyphosis, a long-term result that actually alters the spine and that can be very painful, making it difficult to breathe.
Many women with excessively large breasts choose breast reduction surgery in order to reshape their breasts and relieve some of the troublesome symptoms of excessively large breasts. Having smaller breasts that are proportionate to the body may help relieve pain in the neck, shoulder and back, as well as help women feel more attractive. The impact of large breasts on self-esteem and health may also affect some men, who may undergo gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery.
Many of Dr. Work’s patients report feeling more satisfying, comfortable lives after a breast reduction. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure, please contact our friendly office to schedule a consultation.
Is Breast Reduction Right For Me?
There are many reasons why women consider breast reduction. This procedure may be right for you if you experience any of the following troublesome issues:
- Your breasts are too large and appear disproportionate to your frame.
- The size and weight of your breasts hinder your physical activity.
- You feel self-conscious, unhappy or embarrassed because of the size of your breasts.
- You frequently experience neck, shoulder or back pain caused by the excessive weight of your breasts.
- You regularly suffer from chafing or rashes in the area underneath your breasts.
- One of your breasts is considerably larger than the other.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Your personalized procedure will depend on your anatomy, desired results and Dr. Work’s assessment and recommendation. The most common technique for breast reduction uses a three-part incision: one incision around the areola running vertically to the crease beneath the breast, one incision underneath the breast and one running horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease. The procedure may also be performed using only an incision around the areola and a single vertical incision extending down to the natural crease beneath the breast. Excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position and the size of the areola is reduced.
Breast Reduction Recovery
On the third day following surgery, your dressings will be removed and you will be permitted to take a shower. Surgical drains are removed at one week and non-strenuous work can then be resumed. After three weeks, bruising, swelling and discomfort should diminish and a support bra is no longer needed. Sensation in the nipple and areola will improve gradually and normal activity and mild exercise can then be resumed. After a few months, your breasts settle into a more natural shape as incision lines begin to fade and back, neck and shoulder pain is relieved.
Does The Nipple Have To Be Completely Removed When Performing Breast Reduction?
Typically in most cases, when performing breast reduction, the nipple is not removed. Most breast reductions leave the nipple on its dermal blood supply while removing breast tissue, repositioning the nipple to a higher position and tightening the skin around the breasts. A breast reduction procedure typically involves partial removal of breast tissue combined with a breast lift.
Are Breast Reduction Results Permanent?
Following breast reduction, your breasts should remain permanently smaller. However, factors such as weight gain or weight loss, aging, pregnancy and other hormonal changes may slightly alter breast size after surgery.
What Scarring Should Be Expected From Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery produces scars that should be considered permanent and visible. The standard breast reduction surgery scar displays an anchor pattern. However, scars from breast reduction surgery may be quite unpredictable. These scars may range from a thin, flat line, to a scar that is raised, thick and pigmented depending on your genetics. Breast reduction scars are typically not highly noticeable and hidden under the bra.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost in Atlanta?
Health insurance providers may cover costs in cases where a breast reduction is performed to prevent medical or structural conditions. However, for those who choose the procedure for strictly cosmetic reasons not covered by insurance carriers, the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery proudly offers CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending as financing options. Our office also accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
If you are unhappy with overly large breasts that impair your comfort, physical activity or self-confidence, consider a breast reduction procedure. The Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr., provides breast reduction surgery, as well as other procedures to improve the appearance of your breasts and overall figure for women living in Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinings and Sandy Springs, GA.