Breast Reduction

In Nashville


Breast Reduction

Having large breasts can be a source of pain and discomfort for many women. It’s not only the aesthetic factor of finding clothes and undergarments that fit properly but many women with larger breasts experience pain that can significantly impact their health and well-being. Some women struggle with the decision to have a Breast Reduction, but afterward consider it one of the best decisions they ever made for themselves.

If you are considering Breast Reduction, come and see Dr. Ingram at Ingram Cosmetic Surgery in Nashville, TN. Dr. Ingram is a top-rated board-certified cosmetic surgeon who understands the importance of safe, medical care. He and his team will take care of you. Find out how Dr. Ingram can help elevate your appearance with a Breast Reduction today.

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What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is also known as a reduction mammaplasty. It is a cosmetic procedure tailored to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin, helping patients achieve a breast size in harmony with their body and alleviate any discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Breast Reduction involves the removal of skin and tissue from the breast, followed by reshaping and elevating to make your breasts smaller and provide you with a more proportionate bust size. 

This procedure is not just an aesthetic intervention, but a path to physical comfort and enhanced health. Breast reduction surgery might give breast skin but also help improve self-image and the ability to take part in physical activities. You can have a breast reduction at any age — sometimes even as a teenager. But breasts that aren’t yet fully grown might need a second surgery later in life.

Who are the Best Candidates for a Breast Reduction?

People of any age can be good candidates for Breast Reduction surgery in Nashville is ideal for people who have large breasts that cause the following issues:

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by breast size
  • Shoulder grooves from bra straps
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Not being able to take part in some activities
  • Poor self-image due to large breasts
  • Trouble fitting into bras and clothing
  • Breasts are fully developed

Unfortunately, you may not be the right candidate for a breast reduction if you are pregnant planning on having children, obese, or still in the process of losing weight.

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

The benefits of Breast Reduction include the following: 

  • Improved confidence and self-expression
  • Easier to shop for bras and other types of clothing.
  • Your back feels better
  • Bras don’t hurt and are easier to fit into
  • Exercise with ease
  • Less skin irritation
  • Easier to breathe: Some women find it easier to breathe with smaller, more proportionate breasts.
  • Produces natural-looking results

First Steps

What’s The First Step?

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The first step in getting a Breast Reduction in Nashville is to schedule a consultation. During this session, Dr. Ingram will explain what breast reduction involves, assess your breasts, review your medical history, and determine whether you are the right candidate. After he creates your treatment plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to confirm the price for your surgery. 

Prior to the day of your Breast Reduction procedure, Dr. Ingram may ask you to fast for a certain amount of time and avoid certain medications such as blood thinners, to prepare your body for surgery. On the day of your surgery, after being taken to the procedure room and prepped for surgery, Dr. Ingram will walk you through the process so you know what to expect.

What to Expect on The Day of Breast Reduction Surgery

The first step is to administer a type of anesthesia that will minimize pain and discomfort throughout the procedure. The options usually involve intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

Dr. Ingram will then make incisions around the areola and from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. Depending on your unique needs and the extent of the reduction, Dr. Ingram will choose the most suitable incision technique:

  • Traditional incision: Comprising three distinct incisions.
  • Vertical incision: Two incisions, ideal for moderate reductions.
  •  Scar-less incision: Utilizing liposuction for minimal scarring.

Next, Dr. Ingram will remove the excess tissue and reposition the nipple and areola, which remains tethered to its original blood supply and nerve supply. After the incisions, the nipple is strategically repositioned. Excess breast tissue is sculpted away, ensuring a beautifully lifted and contoured result. Sometimes, the nipple and areola may need to be removed completely and then repositioned to a higher position on the breast. In this case, the nipple and areola will not have a sensation after the operation and it will take longer to heal.

Dr. Ingram uses advanced suture techniques to close the incisions, ensuring minimal scarring and optimal healing. Recovery Under Dr. Ingram’s Guidance Upon completion of the breast lift surgery at our Nashville facility, we ensure you’re equipped with all necessary post-operative care guidelines.

Your entire surgery should take two to four hours to complete.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Following your surgery, you will be taken into a recovery room to allow time for the anesthesia to wear off, and prepare for your journey home. You will need to wear a surgical support bra for additional support and protection. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

Since this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, it is recommended that you arrange transportation from the surgical center and have a responsible adult around the first day or two so that you can rest quietly during your recovery.

During the first few weeks, you can expect some mild pain, swelling, and bruising, however, Dr. Ingram can temporarily prescribe some medication to ease any physical discomfort afterward. You will also need to significantly limit your activity, but some light walking is good to keep your blood flowing. Dr. Ingram will have you return for your first follow-up appointment so he can observe your initial healing and remove or replace any bandages. You will begin to feel much better after two to four weeks post-op, and you can return to work, depending on what you do. You will still need to limit your physical activity during this period.

You can expect to experience some numbness in the nipples and breast skin for the first six to eight weeks. You are encouraged to continue to wear your surgical bra after the first month of recovery, but with Dr. Ingram’s blessing, you can begin to resume your normal activity, however, you will still need to be gentle with your breasts. After about a month and a half, you should be able to return to your normal activity and can even begin discussing how to treat any scarring with Dr. Ingram. We encourage all of our breast surgery patients to have routine mammograms and continuously perform self-examinations on their breasts.

Breast Reduction Cost

How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost in Nashville, TN?

The cost of a Breast Reduction in Nashville can vary, depending on a number of factors: 

  • Size of your breasts
  • Type of incision being made
  • Amount of tissue being extracted and skin being reduced
  • Anesthesia, surgeon, and facility fees

When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Ingram will create a plan that is tailored to your needs, and our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with your breast reduction costs. We do offer financing for all our patients to make this procedure affordable and accessible. 

In some instances, your procedure may be partially covered by your medical carrier. We strongly recommend contacting your insurance carrier before your consultation so you can be better prepared.

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Why Choose Ingram Cosmetic Surgery?

Dr. Alton Ingram is a top-rated Cosmetic Surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Ingram is board-certified in Cosmetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the top-ranked plastic surgery residency in the United States. Dr. Ingram is a trustee of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS), a Section Editor of The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, and a member of the Editorial Board of Modern Research in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Ingram and his team call us today at 615.431.3710, or you can also request an appointment through the patient portal on our website. Get in touch with us today and find out how we can help you restore your confidence in your body.


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