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 is an experienced breast reduction surgeon, 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. Dr. Connors will assess the breasts and recommend a surgical approach to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"This surgery changed my self image, self worth, self esteem but most importantly it's changed my life, Dr. Connors gave me a life worth living."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr Conners listened patiently and never rushed me. His bedside manner is the best I've ever seen and he leaves no doubt in your mind that you've in very capable hands and with someone who really wants the best outcome for you. He performed a breast augmentation for me and everything came out exactly the way we planned. I've been to several plastic surgeons for various procedures and I believe that being double board certified and HARVARD trained, as Dr Conners is, makes a huge difference in results. He is the best I've ever seen. I've never felt so comfortable and cared for as when I visit their offices. I never doubt how things will turn out. I believe Dr John Conners is one of the top plastic surgeons in the US and without a doubt, the best in Atlanta. He has ranked #1 in Atlanta area patient polls for several years now."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 20, 2014
"Dr. Connors recently performed a breast augmentation for me and I could not be happier with the results. He took so much time, listening to my concerns and was genuinely interested in making sure everything turned out perfect!!!! Dr. Connors is professional, compassionate, and above all, makes you feel beautiful. I have never had a doctor that took the time to personally return my phone calls, and to follow up so much, and who had such an incredible bedside manner!!! I would recommend Dr. Connors 200%, hands down to anyone considering a cosmetic procedure!! Also, the staff is fantastic!!!"- K.M. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2010
"Dr. Connors is the absolute BEST plastic surgeon ever! He did my breast augmentation and liposuction eight months ago. My results are absolutely fantastic. He and his staff took great care of me. Dr. Connors' credentials are unbeatable. Apparently he did over 100 breast augmentations last year. There must be a lot of happy patients out there! I can't imagine finding a better surgeon. Thanks for taking such good care of me!"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2010
"Dr.Connors is a wonderful person and surgeon . He and his awesome team made me feel so comfortable and safe . He performed a breast augmentation on me and gave my confidence back . I would always go back there for bigger procedures instead of finding a different surgeon . Thank you so much for loving what I see in the mirror every day :)"- J.I. / Facebook / Jun 08, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Because larger breasts sometimes create physical problems for women, insurance may cover a portion of breast reduction surgery. Insurance coverage does vary, thus patients should confirm with their provider as to what will or will not be covered. After the initial consultation, our office will be able to submit an official surgery recommendation letter to the insurance company to assist in gaining coverage. Our billing and insurance coordinator will work with each patient on this. The average cost for a breast reduction procedure with a lift averages between $7,000-$8,500.
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 FAQs
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.
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.
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.