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Overly large, heavy breasts can cause a range of problems, including shoulder, neck, and back pain. The weight of the breast tissue can carve visible bra grooves in the shoulders, chafing and irritation, migraines, breast pain, and discomfort in physical activities. With a breast reduction in Charlotte, Dr. Pratt can create a lighter, more balanced figure.

What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction removes excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue to create the most attractive, balanced breast size, bringing harmony to your figure. The removal of excess weight can provide symptomatic relief to chronically strained neck, back, and shoulders. The surgery restores sagging breasts to a balanced, rounded, youthful position on the chest wall, so you feel confident when at the pool, beach, or in moments of intimacy.

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What are the benefits of breast reduction?

  • Increased physical comfort
  • Reduced back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain
  • Increased confidence
  • The ability to buy standard clothing sizes
  • A more proportionate, balanced silhouette
  • The ability to exercise, jog, or engage in sports comfortably

Before & After Breast Reduction in Charlotte, NC

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Dr. Pratt was phenomenal in providing options when I came in to discuss revising a breast reduction I had 15 years earlier by a different surgeon. Over that time period, I felt my DDD had become saggy and unattractive. I was pretty sure I did not want implants (since I already had enough size to share), but I wanted to somehow "lift the girls" without losing too much curve. I'm thrilled to report his talented skills allowed me to keep my curves but regain attractive shape. Thank you, Dr. Pratt and staff!

Debbie W.

Who is an ideal candidate for a breast reduction in Charlotte, NC?

Candidates who are well-suited for breast reduction in Charlotte, NC, are in good mental and emotional health. Ideally, patients are non-smokers; however, those who do smoke must refrain from smoking at least three weeks before and after their procedure. The candidate’s Body Mass Index (BMI) should be under 35.

Some of the signs you might need a breast reduction are:

  • Irritation, rashes, and chafing
  • Back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain
  • Deep bra strap grooves on shoulders
  • One breast is larger than the other
  • Poor posture due to the weight of the breasts
  • Discomfort playing sports or exercise
  • Self-consciousness or social withdrawal
  • Inability to wear standard clothing sizes

Breast reduction – what to expect?

Breast reduction surgery is always a custom surgery, as every woman is unique. The surgery involves removing excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue, reshaping the breast mound, moving the nipple structure to be nicely centered on the reshaped mound, and delicately closing the incisions. You will be under general anesthesia and will not experience any pain during the procedure. As the surgery involves incisions, you will have surgical scars, although they fade to appear as a thin white line over time.

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What can I expect from recovery?

You will be fitted with a specialized bra after surgery, which protects the newly-created breasts and minimizes swelling. Dr. Pratt and his staff will ensure that you have medications for a smooth recovery and will provide you with a detailed aftercare plan that guides you on the processes for showering, bathing, nutrition, and how to speed healing. It is normal to expect some minor discomfort for about two to three weeks. Take gentle walks to stimulate blood circulation and avoid putting stress on the incisions by lifting your arms or other upper body motions.

How much does breast reduction cost?

As each breast reduction surgery is a custom procedure, the cost can vary. Many women require nipple repositioning. If you are considering this surgery, we invite you to meet with us in a private consultation, where we can answer all your questions and concerns, evaluate your condition, and advise you about the cost. If overly large breasts are causing back pain, neck pain, chafing, or other problems, health insurance may cover some or all the costs. 

Why choose Dr. Pratt for breast reduction?

Dr. Pratt is known throughout Charlotte, NC, for going the extra mile to elevate his patients’ quality of life by providing patients with the highest standards of health and safety, unparalleled attention to detail, and beautiful outcomes. Dr. Pratt takes all the time necessary to ensure his patients understand every detail of the surgery, recovery, and outcome. He firmly believes that an informed patient makes better decisions.

After graduating from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1997, Dr. Pratt went on to pursue a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He had the incredible advantage of a plastic surgery fellowship at the elite University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Although Bespoke Plastic Surgery is exclusively dedicated to aesthetic surgery, Dr. Pratt maintains hospital privileges with Atrium Health Care and regularly takes emergency room calls as well as facial trauma calls at Charlotte’s Level One Trauma Center in uptown Charlotte, NC. He is a true leader in the medical community.

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Breast Reduction FAQs

What are the risks and side effects of breast reduction?

The risks of the procedure include allergic reactions, anesthesia risks, excessive bleeding, breast asymmetry, and infections.

How long is breast reduction surgery?

The surgery typically requires about two to four hours to complete.

Is breast reduction painful?

As the procedure involves incisions, you can expect some discomfort, which can be easily managed with prescription pain medication, ice packs, and by following all aftercare instructions.

Does breast reduction include a “lift?”

Breast reduction surgery almost always includes a “lift,” as the weight of the breasts has stretched the skin.

Where are the scars from breast reduction?

The scars are located on the lower part of the breast, around the nipple structure in the breast crease, and are hidden from view in even a bikini top.

At what age can I get a breast reduction?

Adult women of any age could be candidates for breast reduction surgery, but women under 18 must have their parent’s consent.

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