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.

Breast Reduction Candidates

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

Breast Reduction Recovery

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.

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