Atlanta Breast Reduction
Atlanta and Marietta Women with very large & heavy breast often experience chronic back and neck pain.
Atlanta Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is an operation usually performed to alleviate symptoms associated with overly large and heavy breasts. Common presenting complaints include neck, shoulder and back pain, bra strap indentations, recurrent skin rashes, posture problems, inability to exercise, and unwanted attention. To treat these problems, Dr. Okoro will remove breast tissue and skin, making the breasts smaller, lighter, and more firm. Dr. Okoro will also make the areola diameter smaller, if overly widened before surgery.
For patients with large, sagging breasts, the procedure provides a tremendous improvement in shape and nipple position, much like a breast lift. For patients with genuine complaints, breast reduction surgery is one of the most satisfying operations in all of plastic surgery.
What options do we offer for breast reduction
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
You may be if:
- You have pendulous breasts (often signifies more glandular tissue than fat)
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
- Your breasts limit your physical activity
- You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- You have regular indentations from br a straps due to heavy breasts
- You have skin irritation under your breast
- Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
- Your nipples rest below the breast crea se when your breasts are unsupported
To determine if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, Dr. Okoro will review your health history and perform an examination during your consultation. At the initial visit, your Dr Okoro will ask you to describe in detail what you would like improved. Be specific about what you would like done. Dr Okoro will examine your breasts. He will talk to you about the what size you want your breasts to be and will show you where he intends to position the nipple and areola.
You are at increased risk for complications if you have diabetes, poor circulation, heart, lung or liver disease, smoke, have a family history of blood clots, take certain medications, etc. You’ll want to discuss your medical history thoroughly with your physician before you choose to undergo surgery.
Because the size, shape, and amount of tissue in the breast will change after reduction, most women are advised to have a preoperative mammogram and a postoperative mammogram six months to a year after surgery for comparison. Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Dr. Okoro is currently on staff at Northside Hospital, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Cobb Hospital, and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital. He usually performs breast reduction surgery as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia by certified & qualified anesthesia doctor. It should be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient ambulatory surgical center or a hospital. Dr. Okoro performs surgery in the hospital to ensure your safety.
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces, lifts and reshapes the breasts. It can also reduce the size of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). Many women seek breast reduction to alleviate painful discomfort and other conditions (back pain, shoulder pressure, rashes, skin tags, etc.) as well as to improve the appearance of their breasts. The procedure is usually performed at an accredited surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital under general anesthesia. The operation takes about 3-4 hours, and you may require an overnight stay or be allowed to go home the day of surgery.
During the consultation, Dr. Okoro will understand your goals and desires, and he will review available techniques and scar patterns. Dr Okoro prefers to minimize scar by using the latest technique such as vertical scar without the horizontal scar. Although the common scar which encircle the areola, extend vertically downward, and continue horizontally in the crease under the breast may be used for some patients. Dr. Okoro will make every effort to minimize the scar burden. Dr Okoro makes an incision which is normally in a keyhole pattern: a circle around the areola and two incisions down the breast which will be closed to form one line. Fat and extra tissue are removed. Dr Okoro then repositions the nipple and areola to a higher position and removes excess skin from beneath the breast.
In some cases, the nipple and areola are transferred as a skin graft to their new position. This is only done when absolutely necessary, since nipple sensation is almost completely lost. Dr Okoro rarely uses drains. When he does, they are placed on the sides of the breasts to drain blood and excess fluid. The drains are removed in 1-2 days. The incisions are then sutured closed and taped. We instruct all breast reduction patients to wear sports bras and to avoid strenuous upper body activity for several weeks.
Patients may drive and return to work once they discontinue narcotic pain medicine. The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Your better proportioned figure will likely enhance your self image and boost your self-confidence. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.
Most of the time, the scars extends around the nipple, vertically down from the nipple. Rarely does the scar go under the breast. The scars fade in time but may still be visible.
How much will breast reduction surgery cost?
Breast reduction surgery is generally considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms. Many insurers define breast reduction surgery as reconstructive based on the amount of tissue that will be removed. However, pre-certification is required for reimbursement or coverage. Each insurance policy varies greatly. Carefully review your policy to determine coverage.
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee
When choosing a plastic surgeon for breast reduction, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Dr Okoro’ s concerns are your safety, excellent outcome , and satisfaction.
For more information about breast reduction surgery or to schedule a confidential consultation at our plastic surgery practice, call 770-485-1554 or email us at email@example.com.
All data and information provided within this website and related blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, PC makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. Treatment information and medical recommendations must be made on a case-by-case basis; it is recommended that you seek personalized care from a board certified medical doctor for any medical questions or health issues you may have. Some photos in this website feature models for illustrative purposes. Photos of actual patients can be found in the before and after photo gallery.