Breathe easier with a renewed chest.

At Muse Plastic Surgery, we understand that the decision to undergo breast reduction is driven by a desire to improve one's quality of life. We recognize the physical and emotional challenges of overly large breasts and are dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered care throughout your breast reduction journey.

What is breast reduction?

A breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to treat and correct the medical complications and painful physical symptoms of Macromastia, the medical term for enlarged breasts. The weight of large, heavy breasts can create disruptions in numerous body systems and may lead to weight gain by impeding a woman’s ability to exercise and live an active life.

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Is breast reduction right for me?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, breast reduction surgery in Atlanta at Muse Plastic Surgery may be the right procedure for you…

  • Headaches.
  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain.
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands.
  • Deep grooves in the shoulder region from too-tight bra straps.
  • Posture issues.
  • Insomnia.
  • Chest wall pain.
  • Rashes between and under the breasts.
  • Shortness of breath.

Breast Reduction Before & After


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The benefits of breast reduction

Better emotional well-being

Many women report feeling happier and more at ease after breast reduction as the emotional weight of large breasts is lifted.

Boosted self-confidence

Achieving a proportional and more comfortable breast size can significantly enhance self-esteem and body image.

Clothing options

Smaller, balanced breasts open up a more comprehensive range of clothing options, allowing for a more versatile and stylish wardrobe.

Enhanced mobility

Women often experience increased mobility and freedom of movement after breast reduction, allowing for a more active lifestyle.

Improved posture

By reducing the weight and size of the breasts, this procedure can lead to better posture, reducing the strain on the spine.

Participation in physical activities

Breast reduction can make it easier to participate in physical activities and sports, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Relief from physical discomfort

Breast reduction can alleviate the chronic pain and discomfort associated with large breasts, including back, neck, and shoulder pain.

Breast reduction recovery

After your breast reduction surgery, we will wrap your breasts with bandages or a gauze dressing and insert a thin tube under each arm to drain excess blood or fluid. You can expect to experience some breast sensitivity and discomfort after surgery and temporary swelling or bruising of your breasts. Most patients benefit from taking 3 to 5 days off from work and six weeks from strenuous physical activity to allow the body sufficient healing time and shift from narcotic pain medicine to over-the-counter pain relievers. You will be given a surgical bra approximately four weeks after surgery, and your incision scars will gradually fade until they are barely discernible. Adhering to our postprocedural guidelines ensures the best recovery and outcome possible.

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The breast reduction procedure What to expect

Your breast reduction surgery will be performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia and typically takes 2-5 hours. During your initial consultation, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your breast composition, aesthetic preferences, medical history, and breast reduction goals to choose the optimal incision type for your procedure from the following three options:

  • A circular incision pattern around the areola.
  • An “anchor-shaped” incision pattern.
  • A “racquet” or “keyhole-shaped” incision pattern that encircles the areola and extends downward to the breast crease.

We will work through the incision to carefully reposition your nipple (reducing the areola diameter if necessary). We will then lift and re-shape your breasts, reducing the amount of original breast tissue to decrease the volume and size of your breasts. For patients with excessive fatty tissue in the breast region, we may recommend that liposuction of the breast region be performed in conjunction with breast reduction surgery to achieve the best possible surgical outcome. Similarly, patients suffering from sagging of the breasts (breast ptosis) may benefit from having a breast lift performed during the breast reduction procedure to ensure that the post-surgical breast appearance is firm, lifted, and perky. 

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Do breasts lose their sensitivity after a reduction?

How old must I be to get breast reduction?

Do I need to combine breast lift with breast reduction?

How do I decide if I need breast reduction?

How much does a breast reduction cost?

Do breasts lose their sensitivity after a reduction?

You will likely notice a difference in breast and nipple sensitivity after breast reduction due to some severing of the nerves. While some patients notice their breasts become more numb, others feel heightened sensitivity. The good news is that almost all patients see normal levels of sensitivity return within a few months.

How old must I be to get breast reduction?

We recommend waiting until you are 18 to undergo breast reduction surgery. By then, most women had completed puberty and fully developed their breasts. You may also want to postpone having breast reduction if you intend to have children one day because the surgery has the potential to interfere with breastfeeding — we can discuss those risks with you during a consultation.

Do I need to combine breast lift with breast reduction?

Typically, the expert plastic surgeons at Muse incorporate breast lift elements into their breast reduction surgeries. After decreasing volume, they aim to ensure the breasts look appealing and youthful.

How do I decide if I need breast reduction?

Ultimately, breast reduction is a personal decision. It would be best not to allow friends, society, or anyone to pressure you to have surgery. You also should not feel compelled to keep your breasts at an unmanageably large size if they significantly impede your life. If you remain undecided about surgery, speak to our surgeons so that you have a realistic picture of what you can expect from breast reduction.

How much does a breast reduction cost?

The price of breast reduction varies depending on the amount of tissue removed from your breasts and the surgeon's technique. Your surgeon can provide a complete quote during your consultation after learning your goals and devising a surgical plan. Financing options are available through Prosper Healthcare Lending and CareCredit. In some cases, health insurance may cover some or all the cost of breast reduction if it is performed for medical reasons (i.e., not simply cosmetic). Coverage is more likely in cases with an established medical record of shoulder, neck, and back pain, so it is a good idea to discuss these issues with your physician continuously.

Why choose Muse Plastic Surgery?

At Muse Plastic Surgery, we focus not on changing the core aesthetic components of their patients, but rather on using cosmetic enhancement procedures to help enhance their natural beauty.  Our plastic surgeons believe in the importance of having well-informed patients, taking the time to explain all of your breast reduction options and procedural details so that you feel completely comfortable about your breast reduction. We invite you to schedule your consultation with Muse Plastic Surgery today.

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