what is breast reduction surgery?
Large and heavy breasts can sometimes create a significant burden for many women. Because of shoulder or back pain, breathing difficulties, skin irritations, and other medical complications, many women will decide to have breast reduction surgery. Dr. Connors and Dr. Hart are both experienced breast reduction surgeons in Atlanta, GA, offering various options in regards to incision placement and technique. During this surgery, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts, which are then reshaped to a more desirable and proportionate size. Our surgeons will assess the breasts and recommend a surgical approach to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Am I A Candidate For Breast Reduction Surgery?
If you have extremely large and heavy breasts that create obstacles in your daily life, breast reduction surgery may be what you need to attain the size and contour you want. This surgery is helpful for women who experience stress and emotional anxiety or are not able to lead a fulfilled and active life because of the heaviness of their breasts. If you also deal with ongoing skin irritation (as well as back or neck pain), this surgery can eliminate these medical conditions. It is crucial patients are at a stable weight and choose an experienced surgeons like Dr. Connors and Dr. Hart, who listens to their concerns and goals and has the knowledge to create a normal and natural appearance.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Breast Revision, Lift, Underarm Liposuction - I had breast implants 15 years ago. They were implants by Mentor: Smooth Round High Profile Implants both sides 400cc. They've been great and very natural looking until about two years ago when they began to look uneven on nipple height and the right looked smaller than the left. I consulted with three different plastic surgeons who all recommended a lift as well as new implants. They also recommended the newer gummy gel silicone instead of saline. I had my surgery in Atlanta this week. I'm going to post pre-op photos as well as a journey of my surgery and healing."- Y. / RealSelf / Jul 01, 2021
"Breast Revision, Lift, Underarm Liposuction - I had breast implants 15 years ago. They were implants by Mentor: Smooth Round High Profile Implants both sides 400cc. They've been great and very natural looking until about two years ago when they began to look uneven on nipple height and the right looked smaller than the left. I consulted with three different plastic surgeons who all recommended a lift as well as new implants. They also recommended the newer gummy gel silicone instead of saline. I had my surgery in Atlanta this week. I'm going to post pre-op photos as well as a journey of my surgery and healing. Updated on 6 Jul 2021: Updated on 6 Jul 2021: DAY 1 POST OP Updated on 7 Jul 2021: DAY 2 POST OP Updated on 7 Jul 2021: POST OP DAY THREE Updated on 7 Jul 2021: POST OP DAY FOUR Updated on 7 Jul 2021: POST OP DAY FIVE Updated on 7 Jul 2021: Day on my 1-week post op visit Updated on 30 Jul 2021: My bruising has mostly subsided. My exercises have begun five times a day. I am still wearing my surgical bra. I am still wearing paper tape and scar away on top of my incisions. I am still waiting on my right breast to level out and become more even with my left breast. During one of my postop zoom meetings the doctor stated it could be six months before they both heal completely. He also stated that due to the amount of tissue in my left breast and the amount of scarring inside of my right breast, that he did two completely different types of lift. Therefore, they will not heal the same and they will not look the same just yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Updated on 30 Jul 2021:"- Y. / RealSelf / Jul 01, 2021
"I’m very thankful a friend referred me to Dr.Connors! He is extremely professional & took time to address all of my concerns. When he got out his ruler and measuring device (no clue what it’s called) to measure symmetry etc at the consultation, drew pictures, brought out a diagram.. I knew his attention to detail was what I wanted and needed! I had so many questions and concerns and he did not rush me at the consultation. His pricing is fair and not over priced. His office staff are very professional as well. One year later & I’m still happy with the decision to get my breast augmentation done with Dr.Connors!"- A.V. / Google / Mar 18, 2020
"Great experience! Had a breast augmentation a year ago and Dr. Connors is an amazing doctor. Staff is completely professional and helpful. Would suggest for any surgery or injections!"- L.J. / Google / Nov 09, 2022
"I have been a patient of Dr. Connors since 2020 for a Tummy Tuck and he was amazing. It has been 2 years and I’m still happy with my results. He is extremely meticulous and always makes me feel comfortable. Just recently I begin coming to see Dr. Hart for Botox treatments, and she was the only one who understood what I was trying to accomplish. I had been to several doctors outside of the her office, and no one could do what I was asking. Dr. Hart is so sweet and I plan on seeing her for my breast augmentation."- C.K. / Google / Nov 21, 2022
how is breast reduction surgery performed?
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is generally removed through a liposuction method and loose skin will also be surgically removed.
where are the incisions placed?
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. An incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
how long is recovery after breast reduction surgery?
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Outpatient
Breast Reduction FAQ
How long do the results last?
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
can my nipples be resized?
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
What is the average reduction size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.