Breast Reduction in Atlanta, GA
Some women feel hindered by oversized breasts. As a woman, Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence is sensitive to the challenges that women with large breasts face: physical or emotional discomfort, embarrassment, and in some cases limited movement and exercise. She performs breast reduction surgery on patients residing in Atlanta, Alpharetta and nearby cities to reduce the size of large, heavy breasts. Breast reduction is a safe procedure that can significantly improve your quality of life if you are suffering physical or emotional pain due to your large breasts.
What Does Breast Reduction Accomplish?
Breast reduction surgery lightens the weight of heavy, pendulous breasts. Oversized breasts can cause neck, back and shoulder pain, lead to indentations on the shoulders from tight bra straps and make a woman feel self-conscious or embarrassed by her breasts.
What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The most common approach to breast reduction involves three incisions: one incision made around the areola, another running vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast and the third following the natural curve of the breast crease.
Through the incisions, Dr. Lawrence removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin. She repositions the nipple and areola higher on the breast, and in some cases reduces the size of the areola. When operating on a woman with extremely large breasts, Dr. Lawrence may need to detach the nipple and areola from the underlying breast tissue in order to shift it into a higher position. She then takes the skin that was formerly located above the nipple, brings it down and stitches it together to reshape the breast. If needed, Dr. Lawrence may perform liposuction underneath the arm.
Once the breasts have been properly resized, the incisions are stitched together and the breasts are bandaged. Dr. Lawrence may recommend you wear a surgical bra while your breasts heal from the procedure.
How is the Recovery After a Breast Reduction?
You will feel sore and swollen after surgery, and will have some bruising. It’s important to get as much rest as possible during your breast reduction recovery, and avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting until Dr. Lawrence clears you. Light walking is encouraged to promote healthy circulation. You should wear your support bra for as long as the doctor advises. Dr. Lawrence will provide more comprehensive breast reduction recovery instructions during your personal consultation with her.
What are the Risks of a Breast Reduction?
Every surgery has some degree of risk, and breast reduction is no different. Potential breast reduction complications include bleeding, infection, anesthesia-related reactions, asymmetry and permanent loss of sensation in the nipples or breasts. However, breast reduction complications are very rare.
Contact Us About Breast Reduction
If you have large, heavy breasts and are interested in possibly reducing their size with surgery, contact the office of breast reduction surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence for more information. We proudly serve the residents of Atlanta, Alpharetta and surrounding communities.