Breast Reduction

Most patients seek a breast reduction for aesthetic purposes, improved comfort, or a combination of these two reasons. However, it is very common for breast reduction patients to be unsure of how to determine the proper size for their new breasts. To facilitate this process, Dr. Thomas Lintner meets with each patient, allowing him to assess their unique body shape and suggest an appropriate new cup size. In some cases, Dr. Lintner may recommend body contouring in conjunction with a breast reduction, to maintain proper proportions for your figure.

For qualified candidates, breast reduction can be considered a medically necessary procedure that is covered by insurance. If you would like to pursue insurance coverage, please contact Cora (cora@tomlintnermd.com) to see if we are a provider for your insurance. If so, she will help you navigate the red tape and explain your benefits.

Depending on your individual situation, you may only need a breast lift, as opposed to a breast reduction. If that is the case, Dr. Lintner, our skilled plastic surgeon, can review your options with you and help you select the procedure that can best meet your needs.

How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

breast-lift-incision-areola-horizontalTo ensure the best possible outcome, Dr. Lintner uses the “anchor” incision for breast reduction surgery. This involves an incision that encircles the areola, then travels vertically down the center of the breast from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. A third incision is then made along the inframammary fold, ultimately resulting in what looks like an anchor. This technique is also commonly referred to as an “inverted T” incision. Once incisions have been made, excess tissue and skin can be removed. Next, the nipples and breasts are elevated to a higher position on the chest wall, and incisions are closed. Areola size can be addressed at this time, as well, if desired.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery can offer qualified candidates a more proportionate breast shape and size, as well as a variety of other physical and emotional benefits, such as:

  • Relief from neck and shoulder pain
  • Improved posture
  • Ability to participate in more physical activities
  • Boost in self-confidence
  • Additional clothing options
  • Bra strap marks and/or skin rashes can be eliminated

Many patients state they are also pleased with the added benefit of a lift that breast reduction provides, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Excessively large breasts can often lead to physical and/or emotional issues, including chronic pain. Women who experience the negative side effects associated with overly large breasts may be considered candidates for breast reduction. Some signs that breast reduction might be right for you include:

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Inability to find properly fitting clothes
  • Irritation and pain from bra straps digging into your shoulders
  • Unable to participate in certain physical activities, due to breast discomfort
  • Difficulty finding comfortable and supportive bras
  • Feeling self-conscious of your large breasts and/or having low self-esteem because of them
  • Rashes and irritation beneath and between the breasts

In a consultation with Dr. Lintner, he can assess your unique needs, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.


Every part of my experience was handled with care and professionalism.
S.C. Breast Reduction Patient, Macon GA

What is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?

After breast reduction surgery, it is best to avoid strenuous activities (including going to the gym) for about three to four weeks. Most patients are able to resume work and most daily activities after approximately two weeks. Pain during recovery is usually minimal, but any mild discomfort that you experience can usually be treated with medication. It is fairly common for breasts to appear larger than they will ultimately be, due to swelling. This will gradually go down over time, and most swelling should be resolved after three to four weeks.

Breast Reduction FAQs

Will medical insurance cover a breast reduction?

In certain cases, a breast reduction can be deemed medically necessary, and therefore may be at least partially covered by insurance. If you are unsure if you qualify for coverage, please contact Cora at cora@tomlintnermd.com. If our practice is a provider for your insurance, Cora can advise you of your available benefits and help you find out whether or not coverage can be obtained for your procedure.

Will my breast reduction scars be noticeable?

Dr. Lintner places all incisions skillfully and carefully in a way that can provide patients with the most inconspicuous scars possible. As the scars heal, they should also begin to fade. To ensure proper healing takes place, it is crucial to follow Dr. Lintner’s post-op instructions. Ultimately, the relief from pain, boost in self-confidence, and other benefits of breast reduction tend to outweigh any concern patients may have about residual scarring.   

How much does breast reduction cost?

There are several variables that can affect the cost of breast reduction surgery, so the price tends to range from patient to patient. According to 2016 statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for breast reduction in the U.S. is roughly $5,600. The price range can vary depending on factors such as medical insurance coverage, the amount of tissue and skin being removed, the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, medications, and more. The city in which the surgery is being performed and the surgeon’s level of expertise can often affect the cost, as well. To help our patients make payment more manageable, we offer plastic surgery financing options.

How much reduction is possible?

Although some women may be so uncomfortable with their large breasts that they request to have them reduced all the way to an “A” cup, Dr. Lintner prefers to keep breast size proportionate to the patient’s body. Since breast reduction often enables patients to become more active, potential weight loss is also taken into consideration when determining the appropriate size. This approach is designed to give the breasts a natural appearance that complements the patient’s unique body frame.

Learn More About Breast Reduction

Read Dr. Lintner’s insights on breast reduction below. The document will not only provide you with his personal thoughts on the surgery, but it will also answer some of the initial questions you may have on the topic. To schedule a breast surgery consultation with Dr. Lintner, contact us today.

More Information on the Breast Reduction Procedure