Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction in Atlanta, Georgia

Breast reduction surgery is performed in Atlanta, Georgia at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. and is an excellent option for women who suffer from breasts that are too-large. Women with breasts that are heavy, pendulous, and overly-large can suffer from both social and physical difficulties. Breast reduction surgery is a viable option for women whose large breasts cause back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as difficulty fitting into clothes and participating in everyday activities or athletics.

Atlanta breast reduction patient testimonialDuring a consultation for breast reduction surgery, a surgeon will examine the breasts, take measurements, and assess the shape of the breast, the elasticity of the skin, and the current position of the areola. During surgery, an incision will be made either in a circular pattern around the areola; in a circular pattern around the areola and a vertical incision down to the breast crease; or in a circular pattern around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease.

From there, underlying excess breast tissue is removed, and the remaining tissue is shaped and lifted. In the case of extremely large breasts, the nipple and areola may be repositioned to a more natural location on the breast. The procedure produces breasts of a more manageable size and shape.

Male breast reduction also exists for men whose pectoral area has more breast tissue than is desirable due to a condition called gynecomastia that gives them an overly feminine look.  Unlike female breast reduction during which predominantly excess skin and fat is removed, male breast reduction often requires the excision of excess glandular tissue.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
Candidates for any surgery must first be in good health and have realistic expectations of the surgery. Women who have large, pendulous breasts that cause emotional and physical discomfort are good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Those who feel self-conscious, and have difficulty fitting into bras or tops because of their large breasts, as well as those suffering from neck, back, and shoulder pain, poor posture, and restricted levels of physical activity may also be good candidates. Women who are losing weight or still planning on having children should wait until after these events to have breast reduction surgery. Scheduling a consultation will allow Dr. David Whiteman to assess your particular situation and determine what procedure best suits your needs.

Is breast reduction permanent?
While the surgery itself is generally considered permanent, life events like pregnancy and weight gain can cause the breast tissue to enlarge, altering the effects of the breast reduction surgery. That is why it’s important to wait until after you’ve finished having children or have reached your weight loss goal to pursue surgery.

How long does it take to recover from breast reduction surgery?
Most breast reduction patients return to work within two weeks and are able to exercise again five to six weeks after surgery.

When will I be able to see results?
You will notice a reduction in breast size and volume immediately. As the swelling associated with surgery subsides, you’re results will become much more noticeable.

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